What to Put in a Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter Emergency Triangle

Winter is on its way, and it’s essential to make sure your vehicle is ready for possible hazardous weather and icy Clarendon Hills streets. The team at INFINITI of Clarendon Hills has compiled this guide for a winter car safety kit to prepare you to hit the roads safely this winter. We aim to be the top resource for Elmhurst drivers needing car service tips and tricks. We are always at your service and ready to assist you.

Best Car Emergency Kit for Winter

Slick roads and unpredictable weather around Downers Grove can lead to winter emergencies, and we at INFINITI of Clarendon Hills want to make sure you have the necessary items to stay safe in the event you’re stranded, or your car breaks down. Below is a list of things to include in your winter car safety kit that our service center recommends keeping in your new INFINITI this winter.

Items you should add to your emergency tool kit include the following:

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

Crucial Items for Long Road Trips This Winter

If you’ll be driving cross country to Grandma’s house for the holidays, it’s also essential to include these safety items so you’re prepared for just about anything.

  • Tow strap: A tow strap or chain is vital if your car somehow gets stuck in a ditch and you need another vehicle to pull you out. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the proper way of using a tow strap.
  • Fire extinguisher: It’s good to always have one in the event of an engine fire. Make sure the fire extinguisher you have is intended for automotive use.
  • Long-lasting food and water: You should have some water and non-perishable food on hand for long road trips. Snacks such as granola, protein bars, and extra bottled water can last up to six months in your vehicle.

Stay inside or close to your car if you get stranded after going off the road in inclement weather. Never leave your vehicle and set out on your own. Emergency responders will more easily find your vehicle, but if you wander off, you’ll be harder to see.

Be Prepared for Winter With INFINITI of Clarendon Hills!

Now that you know how to make the best car emergency kit make sure to put one together before it’s too late. You can also purchase an emergency tool kit for your car from the INFINITI of Clarendon Hills parts center. Explore our parts and service specials, and don’t forget about switching over to winter tires! Contact us and let us know how we can help.


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