No one wants to think about themselves being stranded on the side of the road or the subject of any emergency, but proper preparation can make dealing with these instances bearable and could save your life. While many cars and trucks are now outfitted with standard roadside service kits, they may or may not be applicable to winter weather conditions which can change quickly and influence the needs for other items in the event of a vehicular emergency.
Imagine driving down the road in the midst of a snowstorm trying to get home in order to be safely with your family. Instead, as you turn to continue on your way the car slides through the vacant intersection and off the road into the ditch. No one is around and you are stuck, without cell service and with the bad weather almost no one else on the road.
Do you have essential items readily available in order to survive until help can arrive? If not, consider packing the following into your vehicle in an effort to prepare for any situation similar to the above described scenario.
A few items you need in a winter vehicle emergency include the following:
One of the most essential items in a roadside emergency kit are jumper cables. These can be beneficial both in ordinary roadside situations but also in the event of a winter weather emergency. The importance of jumper cables are essential in allowing your car or truck to be restarted should it fail due to a dead battery. With the assistance of another vehicle, you can easily be back on track and on the way should you find yourself stalled or abandoned without cranking power in a parking lot or elsewhere.
A good and serviceable flashlight can be a beneficial piece of equipment should a roadside emergency strike during the night. While almost every cell phone is equipped with flashlight feature, a battery operated unit can be more productive and last longer in the event of an emergency.
Proper roadside notification could be important to both notifying other motorists of your whereabouts in addition to providing you a safe environment during an emergency. Road flares or signage can help to alert other drivers as to your condition.
Blanket and Clothing
A major concern during a winter roadside emergency is the ability to stay warm. While these other items may come standard with any kit, having the necessary items to maintain warmth during a winter emergency can be vital to saving your life. Packing an extra blanket, jacket, or clothes in the trunk can help to keep you warm should you find yourself stranded for an extended period of time in the cold.
The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can assist you in determining the needs for your car or truck being fitted with a winter weather emergency kit or provide a variety of potential other services needed on your vehicle. Their trained professionals will be happy to answer any and all questions regarding car care or perform a needed service to any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know as most services can be administered the same day. Request an appointment online or call today.