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Winter Emergency Car Kit

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Winter is coming, so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready for the potentially hazardous weather and slick roads in Collinsville and beyond. At the Auffenberg Mazda service center, we’ve put together a guide to help you put together the best winter car safety kit possible so you can be prepared for whatever the icy roads will throw at you. Learn more service tips and tricks with us at Auffenberg Mazda today and better prepare yourself for the coming winter!

Winter Car Safety Kit

With slick, icy roads and unpredictable weather coming our way, it’s important to have the essentials packed and ready in the event you get stranded on the side of the road due to your vehicle breaking down. Below is a list of the essentials you need in your winter car safety kit. Take a look at all our service center recommends you have in your vehicle this winter.

Items you should add to your emergency tool kit for your car 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, rags, boots, socks, a hat. Pack anything to keep you warm if you get stranded during a snowstorm.

Essential Items for Long Road Trips This Winter

Planning on taking a long trip out of town this winter? Make sure you’re fully prepared for anything by including these items for the best car emergency kit:

  • Tow strap: This handy tool will be helpful if your Mazda 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.

Should you find yourself stranded after going off the road due to inclement weather, it’s important to stay inside or as close to your vehicle as possible if it’s safe to do so. Never leave your vehicle and go out on your own. The emergency responders will be able to find your vehicle with ease, but if you’re not near it, you might not be so easy to find. If you put together the best car emergency kit, you’ll be able to stay safe and warm until help arrives.

Be Prepared for Winter With Auffenberg Mazda!

Have you prepared your emergency tool kit for your vehicle in the event you end up on the side of the road? Learn more about the winter car safety kit with our team at Auffenberg Mazda. If you have questions about this kit or winter services, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment!

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