Winter Emergency Car Kit Essentials

Cars Driving on Two-Lane Snow-Covered Road
When the winter months finally arrive — and they always do — that means it’s time to ensure that your vehicle is ready to handle icy and snowy roads throughout Central Illinois. Not only should you have seasonal maintenance performed and switch to winter tires, but you should be prepared for the worst with a winter car safety kit. Sam Leman Automotive Group has the details on what should be included.

Items for Your Winter Car Safety Kit

Winter weather around Bloomington-Normal can be quite unpredictable, so be prepared with a winter car safety kit and get added peace of mind. The team at Sam Leman Automotive Group wants to makes sure drivers have the necessary items in the event you get stranded or their vehicle breaks down.

Items you should add to your emergency tool kit for your car include:

  • Common winter items: gloves, blanket, rain poncho, rags, boots, a hat. Pack anything to keep you warm if you get stranded during a snowstorm.
  • Items to help when stranded: flashlight, warning signaling cones, backup batteries, safety vest, and roadside triangles
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera
  • Flat tire kit
  • Battery cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Portable shovel
First Aid Kit

Be Ready for Long Road Trips This Winter

Many drivers do a lot of traveling during the winter, especially around the holidays. If you plan on driving far distances this winter, you may want to also include the following items.

  • Tow strap: What do you do if your vehicle gets stuck in a ditch? If you have a tow strap handy, another vehicle will be able to help pull you out. Be sure to take a look at manufacturer recommendations for using a tow strap in your owner’s manual.
  • Fire extinguisher: A fire extinguisher intended for automotive use is also a smart item to add to your emergency tool kit for your car.
  • Long-lasting food and water: When you are going on long road trips, having water and long-lasting food on hand can be beneficial. Granola, protein bars, and water can last in your vehicle for about six months before they need to be replaced.

Sam Leman Automotive Group Helps You Get Ready For Winter

Along with preparing your winter car safety kit, you should also have your vehicle inspected before traveling this winter. Set up an appointment today with Sam Leman Automotive Group. We would be glad to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving. Contact us with any questions.

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