Packing a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car

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auto electric auto service and repair twin citiesWhen it comes to freezing cold temperatures and freezing precipitation, you can never be too careful. You might already have an emergency kit prepared for your home in case the power goes out, but what happens if you get stranded in your car? You should have a car emergency kit too. We are an auto service and repair shop near the Twin Cities, and we can think of several must-have items for your car emergency kit.

  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable snacks and food
  • Battery powered radio
  • Emergency flares and/or reflectors
  • First aid kit with bandages
  • Extra essential medications
  • Blankets and/or a sleeping bag
  • An extra jacket or two, gloves, socks and hats
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Sand or kitty litter
  • Cell phone adapter
  • Matches and small candles

You should consider storing this kit in the passenger compartment of your car in case your trunk freezes shut. If you do store the kit in your trunk, make sure you can still access your trunk by folding down the back seats.

Before you go out in your car, check on the weather conditions. In Minnesota, bad weather can get worse very quickly and conditions outside can deteriorate before you know it. Make sure your car has a full tank of gas, and make sure you check your tire pressure before you go anywhere too. Fluctuating temperatures can mess with the air pressure in your tires. You should always let at least one other person know where you are going. If there is no one around to tell, leave a note at your house in a conspicuous spot.

If the worst happens and you do get stuck, make sure you call for help on your cell phone if that is possible. Thanks to today’s technology, emergency personnel might be able to pinpoint your location using your cell phone signal. But, at the very least, you can speak to them directly and give them your location so they can come and assist you. Before you hang up, be sure you understand 911’s instructions and what they want you to do. After you call, stay with your car until help arrives. If you have to leave your car for some reason, write down your name, address, phone number and where you went and leave it in your car so emergency responders know where to find you.

When you need an auto service and repair shop near the Twin Cities, call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us and Schedule an Appointment.

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