Building a Winter Emergency Car Kit

Open Road Covered in Snow

During the warmer months, you might think you have all the time in the world to put together a winter emergency car kit, but winter can creep up quickly. Before you know it, the temperature drops and the Northern Chicago streets and roads are covered with snow and ice. Needless to say, winter isn’t the ideal time of year to be on the road, but there are ways to travel safely. The service team at Lynch Truck Center put together the following guide, so you can be better prepared with a winter emergency tool kit for cars.

Winter Car Safety Kit: Items You’ll Need

Winter weather brings icy and slippery roads. Should an accident occur or your truck breaks down and you become stranded (scary to think about, but necessary to prepare for), you’ll need provisions on-hand to stay warm and safe while you wait for help to arrive. Before traveling through the Milwaukee area during winter, we recommend gathering the following items and placing them in your winter car safety kit:

  • Ice scraper
  • Portable shovel
  • Battery jump cables
  • First-aid kit
  • Charger for your cell phone
  • Camera (to photograph any damage)
  • Kit to repair a flat tire
  • Items to Use When Stranded: warning signaling cones, flashlight, spare batteries, a safety vest, and roadside triangles
  • Items for Keeping Warm: winter gloves, warm blankets, a rain poncho, winter boots, a winter hat, and rags

If you’ve ever had to deal with car problems in the winter, you know how frustrating they can be! Winterizing your fleet before the worst of the weather hits can help to prevent emergencies from occurring in the first place. What’s more, learning how to unlock a steering wheel might make one of your future trips much less stressful.

Be Prepared for Long Road-Trips During Winter

Are you driving out of state or cross-country? You’ll need more than what’s listed above if you want to travel safely during winter weather. Make sure you have the following items, too, so you’re ready for the unexpected:

  • Plenty of Food & Water: Bring water and high-protein food items that can last for up to six months, such as granola bars, cashews, beef jerky, etc.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Keep a fire extinguisher designed for automotive use on-hand.
  • Tow Strap: During winter, it’s not uncommon for vehicles to skid off the road and end up in a ditch. Should you get stuck, a tow strap (and the kindness of a stranger) can help get you out. Check your owner’s manual to learn more about using a tow strap.

Prep Your Truck for the Journeys Ahead with Lynch Truck Center!

You can never be too careful when venturing onto the roads during winter. Do you have your winter car safety kit together? If you need more tips on how to put together the best car emergency kit, contact us at Lynch Truck Center in Waterford. If you need preventive winter service completed for your truck, schedule an appointment today!

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