There are a lot of things you can do to avoid a car accident during the slippery winter months but it never hurts to prepare for emergencies just in case. Taking time to think get the right gear ahead of time will make things easier if things do go wrong–you get into a crash, your car breaks down, your tires get stuck in the snow, or any number of things that can go wrong in the cold this winter. Check out the list below for 7 important things you should keep in your car as a “Winter Survivial Kit” for the next few snowy months:
The Ultimate Winter Survival Kit
- A sturdy snow brush and an ice scraper: With the massive amounts of snow we get here in New England, having a quality brush and scraper in your car at all times is a must.
- A small shovel: This is really helpful if you get stuck, or if there’s an unexpected storm. Otherwise, you’ll have to get resourceful and dig your way out.
- Extra blankets and other winter layers: If you break down in the snow or get stranded in a storm, you likely won’t be able to walk to get help. And, depending on the severity of the weather, you might be waiting for roadside assistance for a while. You’ll want some extra layers in your Winter Survival Kit to help you bundle up and keep warm.
It’s a good idea to stash some water and in your trunk, too. Just in case.
- Emergency reflectors or flares: If you’re stuck in a storm, it’s often difficult for oncoming cars to see you through the snow. Having reflectors, flares, or even flashlights on hand will help alert other drivers.
- Rock salt, sand, or kitty litter: If your tires are spinning in snow or slipping on ice, these can help you create traction. The granular mediums provide something for your tired treads to grip to.
- Extra windshield washer fluid: You’ll go through a surprising amount of windshield washer fluid trying to keep the grime and water off your windshield, especially if you regularly drive on the highway. It’s always a good idea to have an extra jug in your truck to make sure your visibility isn’t compromised.
- Jumper cables: Batteries can be finicky in the winter, particularly older ones. You should always have cables in your car in case of an emergency; during the cold weather months, this becomes especially important.
Keeping a Winter Survival Kit may seem like overkill–but being prepared for the worst could save your life in an emergency. At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair before this winter season, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.