Posted November 2, 2021
Negotiating winter roads in Michigan can be challenging to say the least. Just keeping your car on the road can be an accomplishment in itself some days. In the event that your vehicle does end up in a ditch at the behest of black ice or breaks down unexpectedly, you’ll definitely be glad to have a Winter Safety Kit on board. Here are seven things you should include in such a kit:
Blanket(s). The most obvious item to have in case of an emergency is also the most important. Hypothermia and frostbite are legitimate concerns when you’re stranded without a heat source in the Wolverine State so you’ll definitely have a blanket or two on hand as you’re trying to figure out how to get out of the predicament you’re in.
Extra Cell Phone Battery. We sometimes take our mobile phones for granted but in the event of an emergency, you’ll definitely want to have a way to communicate with potential rescuers. Cell phone batteries have a tendency to die more quickly in cold weather so having a spare power source on hand is definitely a good idea.
Shovel or Mini-Shovel. If you’re stuck in a snowbank, you’ll definitely appreciate having this tool at your disposal to dig yourself out.
Kitty Litter. If you need traction, this is a great item to have on hand. Spread the litter around your tires if you’re stuck somewhere and you’ll have a much better chance of escaping the ice/snow trap you’ve encountered.
Jumper Cables. Your battery has a higher likelihood of dying out in cold weather so you’ll want to have the means to jumpstart your vehicle readily available throughout the winter months.
Gloves. In the event you do need to jumpstart your car, or do anything else outside your vehicle in an emergency, you’ll definitely want to have warm hands.
Windshield Scraper. You should have one of these on board regardless of your situation but in a winter emergency they are extra valuable. Visibility is key for your vehicle’s drivability at any time of year, but this is especially true during hazardous conditions in the winter months.
While it’s good to be prepared for whatever emergency you may or may not encounter this winter, the best course of action for dealing with winter driving is to avoid bad situations altogether. By keeping up with your preventative maintenance schedule, you’ll be in good shape to make it through the winter without having to use the emergency kit you’ve assembled.
Give us a call at 248-668-1200 or click HERE to set up an appointment for your vehicle so you can proactively avoid any winter emergencies for your car this year!