Being Prepared for Winter Emergencies on the Road
Most people have an emergency kit at home, but you should also have one for your car. Especially during winter, as getting your vehicle ready for a winter emergency may make all the difference in a bad situation. If something happens at home, your vehicle is still a safe shelter. Should your vehicle break down and you then find yourself in need of repair in harsh weather conditions, being prepared can make all the difference.
Ways keep you and your family on the road this winter.
• Keep your gas tank filled up and have winterization services performed on your vehicle when the season comes.
A professional vehicle tune-up can help to ensure your vehicle is ready for winter. Keeping the fuel tank full is important in case you should run out of gas in bad weather which can put you in a dangerous situation.
• Know before you go!
Know where you are going, how long you’ll be driving and the route you’ll be taking in advance. City driving can give you more options for finding a quick shelter, as opposed to on a rural highway, where you might get yourself stranded for any length of time. Keeping a sleeping bag, blanket, bottles of water and some non-perishable foods and a working flashlight can make a huge difference in an emergency situation. Extra warm winter clothing including hats, coats, scarves and gloves are good to keep in your car all winter long.
• Make Yourself Visible
If you find yourself broken down on the side of the road, try to safely signal for help. If your electrical system isn’t working you’ll need to find a way for other drivers to see you on the road. LED beacons are an alternative. Also, an LED flashlight in your glove compartment is good to have. .
• Before Winter Begins, Get the Repairs You Need
Get your car ready before the bad weather sneaks up on you!
Call AAMCO Overland Park for complete winterization services for your car, truck or SUV today.