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Do I really need a winter emergency kit? What should I have?

What you keep in your winter-preparedness kit depends on your circumstances and travel habits. But, for safety's sake, every kit needs certain items, no matter what.

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To be safe, it's important to have the right items in your emergency-preparedness kit when you travel.

Dear Ask a Mechanic,

It was rather timely that there was an article on winter safety supplies in the latest auto club magazine, right around when I was removing things from my trunk to make space to take my snow tires to the local garage to be changed.

Ask a Mechanic is written by Brian Early, a Red Seal-certified automotive technician. You can send your questions to These answers are for informational purposes only. Please consult a certified mechanic before having any work done to your vehicle.


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