We should all be cautious when traveling during extreme winter weather. Snow-covered roads, bitter cold, and reduced visibility are some of the conditions that make driving dangerous and difficult during the cold seasons. Winter also increases the risks of drivers getting stuck in their cars. As such, it’s prudent to carry along a well-stocked emergency winter car kit in case of roadside emergencies. Cautious drivers know that during the winter season, preparing for the worst while hoping for the best is the wisest thing they can do.
Cold affects rubber, metal, and other car materials. It thickens car lubricants and reduces their battery by at least 50%. Winter emergency kits come in handy when waiting for assistance. They make us more comfortable and safer during the harsh winter season, especially if there is a roadside breakdown in a deserted or a less busy highway. So, what are the must-have items in our emergency winter car kits? Let’s find out.
Some Emergency winter car kit items typically include:
Keeping your car running when it has broken down or stuck during the winter season to keep warm can be extremely dicey. Even though you might have a full tank, you’ll eventually run out of fuel, which you’ll need when help arrives or when the weather clears up. Ice and snow tend to block engines’ exhaust leading to deadly carbon monoxide levels in cars’ cabins. A simple candle-powered heater help us stay warm without exposing us to dangerous carbon monoxide levels. All you need is a lighter, a candle, and a metal can, and you are good to go.
A Foldable Shovel
Shovels are essential tools, especially when we need to dig out compacted snow around the wheels or from under our vehicles. Besides, using our hands, even when we have gloves on, is putting our health at risk, which is the last thing we want. And let’s be honest, it really hurts.
Safety Absorbent/Cat Litter/Sand
When our cars are stuck on ice, a bag of safety absorbent help our vehicles regain traction. Even though sand and cat litter also work, floor sweep absorbent works best. (You can find it in an auto parts store. They are sprinkled on garage floors immediately before sweeping to absorb grease and oil.)
First Aid Kit
The rule of the thumb before driving off, whether it’s winter or not, is to have a first aid kit in your car. Besides having the usual bandages, disinfectants, and a pair of scissors make sure that your first aid kit has spare medications that you might need. In case you take any medication, ensure that you are always alert while waiting for help.
Never count on other motorists to assist you with their jumper cables-carry your own. Not only are they cheap, but they also make a big difference between paying a tow truck to jumpstart your car and using the help of a kind motorist. Make sure that you know how to use jumper cables.
Long-lasting food and Bottled Water
These items are always useful, especially if you are going on long journeys. Protein bars and granola are particularly helpful when stuck at roadsides during harsh winter conditions.
Other than the listed items, having a fully-charged cell phone and a charger will help you get in touch with tow service companies or your friends and family members. Other essential items that a must-have in your emergency winter car kit include:
- A portable air compressor.
- A tow strap.
- A fire extinguisher.
- A flashlight.
- A snow brush and an ice-scraper.
- Battery booster cables.
- A windshield cleaner
- Hats, socks, blankets, and mittens.
As is evident, carrying an emergency winter car kit is crucial for our survival in case we become victims of roadside emergencies. They help us comfortably storm the weather while waiting for help without compromising our health. That said, always ensure that you always have the mentioned items in case you want to drive during the winter season. C.E.T. Painting wishes you a happy and safe winter season, and in case you need our help with upgrading, refurbishing your home’s interior and exterior parts and spaces, or applying a fresh coat of paint, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us through our website or by calling (914) 615-1415.