What to Keep in Your Car for Winter Emergencies

October 30th, 2017 by

Cars driving on plowed snowy road in winter

Winter is quickly approaching, and with winter comes frigid temperatures and the potential for snowstorms and icy roads in the Sparta area. Of course, you should prepare for the months ahead by having snow tires installed, and making sure all of your vehicle’s fluids are topped off. But when inclement weather strikes, you may encounter dire circumstances on the road, in which case you want to be prepared. Here’s a guide listing what to keep in your car for winter emergencies, courtesy of Sussex Honda.

Winter Emergency Essentials

In case of emergency, have these items in your car:

  • Portable phone charger so that you can call for help
  • Jumper cables to get your car started if your battery dies
  • Blankets to keep you warm if you’re waiting for a tow
  • Road flares to warn other drivers if you’ve been in an accident on an icy road
  • Flashlight, again to alert other drivers, or for visibility if you need to inspect your car yourself in the dark
  • Shovel, either a full-sized snow shovel or a smaller, more versatile one to dig your tires out of snow if necessary
  • First-aid kit to address minor injuries
  • Rock salt or Cat Litter to provide extra traction if you find yourself in a tough spot
  • Snow socks as alternatives to snow chains when you need even more grip
  • Windshield de-icer to melt ice on the road or frozen car parts
  • Windshield scraper to get ice off your windows when needed
  • Food and water to hold you over until you’re back on the road

Of course, there are options available if you don’t want to put together your own emergency road kit. For example, AAA has a catch-all emergency kit that should serve you well in case of winter emergencies near Hackettstown.

Schedule Service with Sussex Honda

Avoid winter emergencies as best you can by ensuring that your vehicle is ready for winter. All you have to do is bring your car to the Service Center at Sussex Honda, and our expert technicians will take care of you. Contact the dealership for more information or to make an appointment!