What to Include in a Winter Emergency Car Kit
If you live in Hamden, you’re well-accustomed to the challenges of winter driving. Investing in a winter emergency car kit is a great way to ensure you’re prepared for anything. A well-stocked emergency kit can get you out of a fix if you need to make repairs on the road, as well as keep you warm if you need to wait out a winter storm.
To learn more about building the ultimate emergency tool kit for your car, read the guide below from your local Mazda technicians at Hamden Mazda! You can also reach out to our team about Mazda service specials and maintenance tips for North Haven drivers.
What to Pack in an Emergency Tool Kit for Your Car
Pre-made emergency car kits are available, or you can choose to buy each item individually and make your own. However you go about it, review this list of key items that every Wallingford driver should have on hand to stay safe this winter:
- Battery booster cables — No matter the season, booster cables are always handy to have stashed in your trunk. You never know when you’ll need a jump, or help someone else with an unexpectedly dead battery. You can also buy a portable jump starter, which is simpler to use than cables and allows you to charge your battery without the help of another driver. Just be sure to charge it up before heading out for a long drive.
- Ice scraper — You probably already have an ice scraper, but make sure it’s sturdy enough to get through the hard crusts of ice you may find on your windshield when you’re trying to leave for work. You’ll also need a snow brush, or a scraper with a brush on its opposite end. Snow above the windshield should be brushed away so it doesn’t fall and block your view while you drive. You should also clear away as much snow from the sides and top of your car as you can to prevent it from getting in the way for other drivers.
- Portable shovel — A shovel is a crucial part of your winter car safety kit. You’ll need it if your car wheels are blocked by snow and slush, or to break up ice that has frozen around your wheels. Just be sure it’s sturdy enough to cut into the ice.
- Kitty litter or sand — Spread kitty litter or course sand in front of your wheels when you’re finding it difficult to gain traction on a slick surface.
Stocking a Winter Car Safety Kit
When you’re stranded due to severe winter weather, keep in mind that it can also take emergency vehicles a while to arrive. You may as well make yourself more comfortable while you wait out the storm by packing the following items:
- Flashlight — Remember to include a set of backup batteries.
- Signalling cone, roadside triangles, reflective vest — Use these items to alert other drivers that you’re experiencing a mechanical issue.
- Basic first-aid kit — You should include basic materials for attending to cuts, as well as extra medications for any health needs.
- Cell-phone car charger — A fully-charged phone will be helpful for contacting emergency services. You can also bring along a portable power bank, in case your car battery dies and you can’t recharge your phone that way.
- Warm, waterproof clothing — Pack a bag with warm items like extra gloves, hat, waterproof boots, blankets, rain gear, cleaning wipes, and rags.
- Water and snacks — Always have bottled water and snacks such as trails trail mix on hand in case you’re waiting in your car for a while.
Prepare for your Winter Travels with Hamden Mazda
For more tips on putting together the best car emergency kit possible, contact the team at Hamden Mazda! Our Service Center experts are happy to answer any questions you may have when it comes to safety-related maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. If it’s time for your next vehicle check-up, see our service coupons and specials, and then schedule service today.
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