70% of Winter Storm Deaths in Cars – Keep a Winter Car Kit

January 7, 2014

The Majority of Winter Storm Deaths are in Cars – Make Sure you have a Winter Car Kit

Winter Car Kit | Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers70% of the deaths that happen during winter storms occur because of car accidents and auto breakdowns. If you will be in your car during January’s blizzard, make sure you take proper care.

What Causes Auto Accidents During Winter Storms?

The majority of car accidents during winter storms are simply due to the ice and snow on the road. Driving properly is crucial.  It is easy to lose control of your car. Other accidents are caused by the loss of visibility. If your car breaks down and you park on the side of the road, someone could easily crash into you at high speed. These kinds of accidents often lead to fatalities.

Additional car related fatalities are due to exposure after a car breaks down. It is crucial that you have a proper winter car kit in case you break down.

Winter Kits for your Car

What goes into a winter car kit?

  • Keep your cell phone charged
  • Make sure you keep your tank full of gas
  • Get your car serviced properly
  • Water. A gallon per person per day. Small containers will melt more easily than large gallon jugs.
  • If you live in an isolated area (or drive in isolated areas) consider keeping an emergency stove and camp pan for melting snow.
  • Blankets or a sleeping bag
  • Additional winter clothing and boots
  • Distress beacons
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable food
  • Sand and a shovel
  • Pocket knife
  • Tow rope
  • Basic tool kit
  • Brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
  • Necessary medications


We are having an especially bad winter this year. Drive safely and keep your car prepared in case you get stuck. And if you should be injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact the Philadelphia auto accident lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams.



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