Like it or not, winter is here for a while. Most experienced Wyoming drivers know they need some essentials in their car during long trips like emergency repair kits, road flares, jumper cables, etc. But, we have a few extra helpful tips just in case you find yourself stuck on the I-80 summit (or anywhere else) this season.

 

  • 1

    A Portable Cell Charger

    There are some pretty amazing portable cell chargers at low cost  in 2017. Even a regular car charger can be the difference between calling for a tow truck or hoping you see a good Samaritan.

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    A Blanket/Sleeping Bag

    In the event that you do find yourself stuck for a long time or on the side of the road. A sleeping bag can be a literal life saver.

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    A Shovel

    Throw a small shovel in your trunk this winter. If you do get stuck, or find someone else that is stuck, this is a huge help in bailing them out. For extra security, a bag of rock salt is a nice idea too.

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    A Flashlight

    If you get into a situation where you're stuck at night, or even trying to see under your hood during the daylight, a flashlight can make all the difference. A real flashlight is ideal if you're trying to conserve your cell battery to call that tow truck, too.

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    A Good Playlist

    Load up your favorite tunes, podcasts, book-on-tape, whatever you like listening to. I've been stuck for several hours at a time on winter roads and you probably have too. This is the difference between a semi-enjoyable experience and a miserable one.

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