Winter is Coming - Do You Have a Roadside Emergency Kit?

Winter is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Downey is relatively mild compared to some other places, but you still want to always be ready for winter driving conditions. That’s especially true if you plan on taking any long road trips. You never know what kinds of conditions you might run into out on those highways.


No one ever wants to get stuck on the side of road, or in the middle of nowhere, in harsh weather conditions. However, this happens to numerous people every year. No matter how much you prepare to avoid these situations, things aren’t always in your control. The fact is, sometimes, bad things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to prevent them. That’s why you should always be prepared for anything when you head out for a drive, especially a long road trip.


What to Include in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?


One of the best ways to be prepared for “anything,” including all of those worst-case scenarios, is to keep an emergency roadside preparedness kit in your car at all times. They can really come in handy. Of course, you never want to use it, but it’s a great way to have peace of mind in case something does ever go wrong.


So, if you do ever end up in this type of situation, having a roadside emergency preparedness kit handy could save your life. So, with that in mind, what should these kits contain? Here are some possibilities you might want to include, but there might be other things you can think of, as well.


  • Working flashlight and extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • An ice scraper
  • A tire changing kit
  • Spare tire in good condition
  • Tire chains
  • Tire gauge
  • Small shovel
  • Tool kit
  • Extra motor oil and antifreeze
  • Extra windshield fluid
  • Boots, a coat, and gloves
  • An extra set of winter clothing
  • At least one blanket
  • Extra food and water, including hard candy
  • Paper towels or rags
  • First-aid kit
  • Pen and paper
  • Cell phone charger
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Duct tape
  • A bag of sand for traction if you get stuck in ice or snow
  • And always keep your gas tank as full as possible


Have You Checked Your Kit Lately?


Once your roadside emergency kit is ready to go, just make sure you organize it when you store it in your trunk or other location in your vehicle. And it’s also a good idea to inspect your kit on a regular basis to make sure everything still works and is in good shape. Additionally, you might discover other things that you want to add to your kit.


Contact Glenn’s Auto Service for Downey Auto Repair


At Glenn’s Auto Repair, we hope you never have end up in a situation that you have to use your emergency kit. We would hate for anyone to get stranded out in the cold. But just like you, we know that sometimes bad things happen. So please be sure you’re always prepared for the worst-case scenarios. Get your emergency preparedness kit ready and don’t forget to put it in your car, truck, crossover, or SUV.


Additionally, if your vehicle needs any type of service or repair, don’t wait to get it taken care of. That will help you stay safe during the winter driving season, as well. So, please come see us at our Downey auto repair shop. We’re just a phone call away. You can reach us at 562-359-4232 to schedule your next service. You can also schedule an appointment with us online by clicking here. We are your trusted Downey, CA auto repair shop for all services and repairs on all makes and models, including:


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