Winter Emergency Car Kit

snowy road in winter aerial view

Winter has arrived, which means now is the time to make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle the slick, icy roads of Champaign. In addition to having your vehicle inspected by a professional, you will want to create a winter car safety kit that will have you ready and prepared in the event you get stranded on the roads of Mattoon. Make us your go-to destination for automotive service tips and tricks.

What Should My Winter Car Safety Kit Contain?

During the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable, which is why it is a good idea to have a winter car safety kit in your vehicle at all times. The team at Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc wants to makes sure drivers have the necessary items in the event they get stranded or their vehicle breaks down. Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc has provided information on the winter car safety kit recommended by automotive experts. 

Items you should add to your emergency tool kit for your car include:

  • Items to help when stranded: flashlight, warning signaling cones, backup batteries, safety vest, and roadside triangles
  • Common winter items: gloves, blanket, rain poncho, rags, boots, a hat. Pack anything to keep you warm if you get stranded during a snowstorm. 
  • Battery cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Portable shovel
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera
  • Flat tire kit

Be Prepared for Long Road Trips This Winter

If you are planning to travel this holiday season or throughout the winter months, there are a few additional items to consider adding to your kit. 

  • Tow strap: If your vehicle happens to get stuck in a ditch, you will need this item so that another vehicle can help to pull your car out. Before you use a tow strap, consult your owner’s manual to see how to properly use a tow strap for your particular make and model. 
  • Fire extinguisher: In the event of a small fire, it is a good idea to have a fire extinguisher on-hand that is designed for automotive use. 
  • Long-lasting food and water: If you get stranded for a while, having water and long-lasting food in the vehicle is also a good idea. This can also be beneficial on long road trips. Granola, protein bars, and water can last in your vehicle for about six months before they need to be replaced.

Get Ready for Winter With Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc!

Do you have your emergency tool kit for your car in the event your vehicle breaks down or you get stranded this winter? If you would like additional details on how to create a winter car safety kit, the experts at Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc would be glad to assist you. Contact us today at your convenience.


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