6 things to keep in your car this winter

The snow has begun to fall in Saskatchewan and with it comes winter driving conditions.

Fresh snow falling in Saskatchewan means it's time to get prepared for winter driving

The snow has begun to fall in Saskatchewan and with it comes winter driving conditions. 

As the snow, ice and slush begin to accumulate, Lyle Karasiuk from Parkland Ambulance is asking drivers to be prepared on the roads.

"We want to remind folks that if you are stuck, and so the winter storm hits you and you're stuck in the ditch, the best thing you can do is stay right where you're at," Karasiuk said.

He is also reminding drivers of the essentials they should keep in their cars in case they do get stuck on the side of the highway.

Here's just a few things you should have in case of an emergency:

1. Extra blankets

If you are stuck in a car that won't start, is stuck or has broken down, you will want an extra blanket or two to keep you warm while you wait.

2. A tow rope

If icy conditions have you stuck in a snow bank or sliding into the ditch, having a tow rope on hand means someone can pull you out, or you can help out someone else. 

3. A shovel

A shovel can come in handy if you need to clear snow from your wheel wells or even to chip at ice underneath your wheels.

4. Mitts, toques and winter boots

It's also important to dress for the weather as it gets colder and even keep some spares in your vehicle, just in case. 

5. Booster cables

Having booster cables will ensure you can get your battery running if it freezes.

6. A first aid kit

If you don't have one in your car already, it is something you should have year round in case of accidents. 

Karasiuk also recommends checking the condition of your windshield wiper blades and getting winter tires.

with files from CBC's Ryan Pilon