As the winter season is now upon us we are taking the time to remind everyone to drive safe! In case of an incident, you will be happy you remembered to build your winter emergency driving kit.

The CAA website says: “According to a poll conducted earlier this year by CAA, only 36 per cent of those surveyed carried a winter emergency driving kit in their vehicle. That means that 64 per cent of Canadians aren’t properly equipped for a winter roadside emergency.”

Check out CAA’s suggested contents of a winter driving kit:

  • Warm winter gloves, toque and boots
  • Blanket or extra clothing
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter
  • Small shovel
  • Ice scraper and/or snow brush
  • Snacks for energy
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • First aid kit
  • Hardcopy local map (not just a GPS unit)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Flares
  • Waterproof matches
  • Battery jumper cables


To view the full list of tips from CAA, please go here:


EDITOR’S NOTE: Originally published in December 2015 and updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.