Wintry Driving Conditions: What You Need in an Emergency

The recent snow that stormed across the midwest was a wakeup call for many drivers who were stuck on the road. We started thinking about all those accidents and abandoned cars and remembered how important it is to have an emergency kit.

We should all keep an emergency kit in the car all year, but driving in winter conditions makes this even more important. When you’re caught in a blizzard or other cold weather conditions, you never know how long you’ll wait until help comes. Keeping a few extra items in the car will put you at ease in case of an emergency. You don’t have to buy an expensive emergency kit for your car- you can find some essential pieces on your own.

Here is our guide for creating your own emergency survival kit for winter driving:

  • -heavy duty bag to carry all items
  • -ice scraper and snow brush
  • -shovel
  • -flares
  • -jumper cables
  • -flashlight and batteries
  • -blanket
  • -snacks
  • -water bottles
  • -gloves, hats and scarves
  • -boots
  • -first aid kit

Tips to remember:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and consider buying a portable cell phone charger to use in emergencies.
  • Always dress for the weather and keep extra clothes, hats, gloves and scarves in the car during the winter.
  • Make sure you have a tire pressure gauge and a bottle of flat tire repair product.

We hope you’ll never have to use this winter emergency survival kit, but we know you’ll feel better knowing you have the tools it takes to survive an emergency on the road. Take time to familiarize yourself with the tools and items in your kit- you’ll need to know how to use them if the time comes. There isn’t one rule or tip for all roadside emergencies, but using your judgment and being prepared will have you ready for whatever weather you must travel through. D&R Autoworks is here to answer your questions and provide the highest quality of service all year. Stay in touch with us on our D&R Autoworks Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all of your auto needs this year.


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