Four Tips For Building Your Winter Emergency Kit

December 3, 2020 3:18 pm Published by

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people getting deserted on mountain roads as the ice and snow gets deeper around them, waiting and hoping that another driver comes along and sees them. The reality is that if you are unprepared, this could easily happen to you. If you are planning to do any extensive driving this winter, you need to take the time now to build and create a proper winter emergency kit. You might think that this is unnecessary, but you will be thanking yourself if you ever come across such a winter hardship. Luckily, there are dozens of good pre-built emergency kits on the market. But how can you decide between the good and the bad? If you want to learn more about how to get your vehicle ready for the winter, visit your local U Pull And Pay today. Here are five essential pieces to any good winter emergency kit.

Emergency Blanket

This goes without saying, but the biggest threat to you in the winter is the cold. If you get stuck in a snowbank or your car dies, you need to be able to stay warm and safe in your car, as just being inside your car can help save you from frostbite. Most emergency blankets are small and compact, looking something like a small square of tinfoil, but don’t underestimate this piece of equipment. An emergency blanket can easily be the difference between you staying safe and warm and having a near-death experience.

Flares & Safety Equipment

If you go off the road, you need a way to let people know that you need help. Road flares are one of the best ways to let other motorists know that you have been in an accident and that you need their assistance if possible. You can also use reflective warning triangles to help let people know that there is an accident ahead and that they need to slow down. You can easily help prevent a massive pileup with these two simple pieces of safety equipment.

Snow Shovel

A collapsible snow shovel is one of the most crucial pieces of your emergency kit. If you get buried in a snowdrift, have a sudden burst of snow, or need to clear space to open your car door, a shovel can be a lifesaver in cold weather.

Jumper Cable

Jumper Cables are no brainers for any emergency kit that you keep in your car. Your battery can lose up to 60% of its charge in cold weather, and you need to have the equipment on hand to get back out on the road safely.

Kitty Litter

This may seem like a strange addition, but kitty litter or sand can give your tires grip if you get stuck in the snow. These abrasive materials will sit on top of the snow and help give your tires traction. If you are deeply stuck in the snow, try rocking your car by either pushing it or revving the acceleration on and off.

These five pieces of safety equipment are essential add-ins for any winter car emergency kit. If you would like to learn more about how you can keep your car or truck safe all winter long, come into your local U Pull And Pay today.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling