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Everyone Needs a Winter Emergency Kit

Winter seems to comes earlier every year and stay longer which means having a Winter Emergency Kit in your vehicle is essential. Since we live in Southern Ontario and around the Great Lakes we’ve come to expect frequent, heavy intense snow storms throughout the winter.

In out last article we discussed how to get your vehicle ready from a mechanical perspective which is essential. Just as essential in cold weather is the need to be prepared for bad weather and driving conditions with a Winter Emergency Kit. We recommend all our customers print the list and ensure that they prepare the kit and keep it in their vehicle this winter and every winter.

Your Winter Emergency Kit should contain the following:

  • Food – Non perishable food such as energy bars, dried fruit and nuts

  • Water – Bottled water in plastic bottle that won’t break if they freeze. Change the bottles every 6 months.

  • Blanket – a good thick warm blanket in case you are stuck in the cold or an emergency arises

  • Extra clothing – always be prepared by packing an extra warm jacket, sweaters, gloves, hat and snow boots. Emergencies can happen on the way to work or out for nice dinner. You are not always dressed to handle an emergency so this clothing is essential in being prepared.

  • First aid kit with escape tool and seat belt cutter

  • Candle with a deep can (like a coffee can) and water resistant matches

  • Flashlight – we recommend the wind up kind that are now in expensive and dependable

  • Whistle – to attract attention in dark or whiteout conditions

  • Roadmaps

  • Emergency plan including emergency contacts and phone numbers

  • Salt, sand or non-clumping cat litter for traction

  • Antifreeze and windshield washer

  • Tow Rope

  • Jumper Cables

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Warning light or road flares

It may sound like a lot of items but they are indispensable if you get stranded or have a winter emergency.

Precise Car Care is here to help you get your vehicle ready for winter. Set up an appointment and we will thoroughly check your vehicle to ensure it is ready to take on another winter in Southern Ontario and keep you safe.

Precise Car Service is your full service auto repair, tune up, car maintenance and car repair shop serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby, Winona and Burlington with over 28 years of quality, dependable, friendly service.

Contact us at 905-643-4460 or complete the inquiry form with your questions and we will be happy to help you with expert and honest advice and service.

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