Preparing a Winter Safety Kit for Your Vehicle

shoveling car out of snowDecember is here and with its arrival come the chilly temperatures that make warming up your vehicle before heading off to work a must. The frost on our windshields also reminds us of how important it is to keep an emergency kit inside at all times. As you prepare your home for the holidays this month, PermaPlate also urges you to ready your vehicle – just in case you get stuck in the snow on the way to grandma’s house this year.

What to Keep in Your Kit

When it comes to putting together a car emergency kit, the biggest limitation is space. We recommend keeping a box of smaller safety items inside your vehicle, just in case the trunk freezes shut. While some items, like a shovel and salt, will only fit in the trunk, it is important to keep other items, like blankets, gloves and flashlights, close at hand. Here is a checklist of our must-have winter safety items for cars:

  • Shovel
  • Salt, sand or cat litter
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • Food
  • Extra jackets, socks, hats and gloves
  • Blankets
  • Emergency flares
  • Florescent flag

Other Safety Precautions

Along with this winter emergency kit, there are also a few things that you should keep in your vehicle at all times. Jumper cables and a spare tire should both have a designated spot in your car, just in case of an emergency. We also recommend keeping a snow brush and windshield scraper in your vehicle all winter long.

Remember to keep your gas tank more than halfway full throughout the winter months and call 911 right away in case of a winter emergency. If you do get stuck in your vehicle for an extended period of time, bundle up, stay inside and avoid running your engine for more than ten minutes each hour, making sure your exhaust pipe isn’t plugged up with snow before you do. Also remember to hang a florescent flag out your window to ensure those driving by will see your vehicle through the snow.

Getting stuck in the cold isn’t the only winter worry that drivers face. From the damaging effects of road salt on the exterior to the muddy footprints on the interior, the winter months can cause a lot of harm to a new vehicle. To prevent most damage and ensure that potential damage will be remedied by professionals using the latest reconditioning techniques, consider PermaPlate protection products.

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