When commuting or driving long distances during the winter, it is advisable to pack a first aid kit. In the event of an emergency, one should be in possession of the following items: a shovel, a windshield scraper and small broom, matches and small candles. Such items should be placed in the passenger compartment rather than the trunk in the event that the trunk is frozen shut.
It is also recommended that one include in an emergency kit a radio that operates using batteries, sand, road salt or cat litter to help with traction, as well as extra winter gear, such as hats, socks and gloves. Other suggested items are work gloves, two quarts of oil, AAA or roadside emergency card and a tire inflator.
It is best to familiarize oneself with the articles one has gathered to use in the event of an emergency. In this way, one is less likely to become confused when something out of the ordinary occurs. It is also important to exercise good judgment when faced with a crisis while driving.