An emergency road kit is something that can be easily compiled and should include an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight with batteries, flares, candles/matches, a blanket, bottled water and dry food snacks. Also useful are new windshield wipers and extra fluid, a tire pressure gauge and a tire-changing jack.
“These small and relatively inexpensive items play a big role in vehicle safety and reliability, especially during winter when road conditions can be hazardous and unpredictable. They’re the perfect stocking stuffers or holiday gifts that show you care,” continued White.
The Car Care Council’s website has valuable information to help drivers prepare their vehicles for harsh driving conditions and avoid emergency roadside situations, including 9 Steps for a Winter Ready Car and the Winterizing Your Vehicle car care minute video. In addition, a copy of the recently-updated 80-page Car Care Guide should be kept in the glove box. Single copies can be ordered free of charge at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.