Assemble Your Own Winter Emergency Car Kit

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Before long snow will be making its way onto Portland and Tigard roads, thus beginning a season of slick and slippery driving conditions. One of the best ways you can be prepared for anything is to prepare a winter car safety kit so you’ll be ready to handle the elements and get to where you need to be safe and warm. Read on to learn more about how to put together the best car emergency kit with the service professionals at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda.

What to Pack in Your Winter Car Safety Kit

During the winter we’re not only dealing with unpredictable weather behind the wheel, but also less visibility, as it tends to get darker much earlier in the later months of the year. You’ll want to ensure you have plenty of items on hand to keep you warm and offer ways to keep your vehicle protected from the elements. Some of the items you’ll want to include in your winter car safety kit include:

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

Essential Items for Long Road Trips This Winter

An emergency tool kit for cars is not only useful for your normal commute to work around town but also if you plan on driving cross-country or anywhere relatively far this winter. Some of the essential items you’ll want to have for an extended winter road trip include:

  • Tow strap: This handy tool will be helpful if your vehicle gets stuck in a ditch and you need another vehicle to help pull you out. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual about the proper way of using a tow strap.
  • Fire extinguisher: It’s good to have one in the event of a small fire. Make sure the fire extinguisher you purchase is intended for automotive use.
  • Long-lasting food and water: It’s always best to have some water and long-lasting food, especially on long trips. Granola, protein bars, and water can last in your vehicle for about six months before they need to be replaced.

Discover More Service Tips at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda!

Once you’ve learned how to put together your very own winter emergency car kit, you can find even more service features at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda such as when to change your synthetic oil, and how to check your brake fluid and oil levels. And, our service team is proud to offer plenty of service coupons to help you save on essential auto maintenance. Contact us today for more information and to schedule an appointment at our dealership near Salem!

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