Packing a winter emergency kit is always a good idea and can include survival items that keep you warm in cases of emergency. Your seasonal kit could include a flashlight, flares, warm blankets, hand warmers and a first aid kit. Essentials include a sandbag, shovel, and jumper cables. Keep your gas tank at least half full in winter, because in the cold, a full tank reduces condensation, preventing gas line freeze ups or in the case of an emergency, keeping you warm until help arrives. Keep your roadside assist number in your quick contact list for easy calling. If you are out of cell range, setting up signal flares and staying warm will be your number one concern.
Electronic flashing flares are safe to store in your vehicle and definitely grab the attention of passers-by when you need assistance and need to warn other motorists if your car is obstructing the roadway in low visibility. After you call your roadside assistance team, whether through BCAA or another service provider, place the flares before and aft. That way, your tow truck driver will be able to find you easily.
If you want to pack a custom survival kit, here’s a few suggestions:
- Additional Warm Watertight Clothes
- Booster Cables
- Cell Phone Charger
- Electronic Flashing Flares
- First Aid Kit
- Hand and Foot Warmers
- LED Flashlight
- Non-perishable Food
- Reflective Road Triangle
- Reflective Vest or Armbands
- Small Candles and Waterproof Matches
- Snow Shovel
- Traction Mats or Sand Bag
- Warm Blankets
- Windshield Scraper and Brush
We invite you to call us and have your vehicle serviced before harsh winter conditions arrive. We will check your battery and replace it if needed, and check your cooling system, brakes, belts, hoses, spark plugs, wires and cables. We save you money by recommending preventative maintenance and use quality Napa parts for lasting repairs.
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