Preparing your winter emergency road kit

By: Bargain Auto Centre   |   16 Jan 2018

If you are one of the many Canadians planning a road trip this winter you are in for a real treat; however, for your adventure to be memorable for all the right reasons you need to be prepared. Nothing matters more than packing a winter emergency road kit and the following tips will ensure that yours has everything you need.

Stay warm

Vehicle problems will often mean you can’t rely on the heater to keep you warm; therefore, you’d be wise to have a backup plan for dealing with those freezing temperatures. Aside from ensuring that everyone is dressed for the conditions, pack a few extra gloves, socks, scarves, toques, and blankets as well. Hand and feet warmers can also certainly help, as will a thermos or two of hot beverages, while waterproof matches, paper, kindling, and a hatchet will make it a whole lot easier to start a fire should you ever want or need to.

Keep communication open

Having the ability to call for help during an emergency could well save your life, so don’t make the rookie mistake of running out of battery power on your phone. Make sure that everyone’s devices are fully charged up before you head off and if you don’t already have a way to power up on board, invest in the appropriate charging cord. Furthermore, consider carrying a solar or battery powered radio as well; this way if your phone fails you at least you may be able to tune into news from the local area.

Tool up

It is amazing the difference that the right tool can make during an emergency situation, particularly when the conditions are brutally cold and help could be hours away. Make sure that you won’t be left relying on others for help by carrying at least the following important items on board.

•Ice scraper

•Jumper cables

•Headlamp or flashlight

•Foldable shovel

•Traction treads

•Portable starting pack

Don’t go hungry

Being stuck somewhere unexpectedly can be challenging enough without worrying about where your next meal will come from, so make sure that you have nothing to worry about by packing a decent stockpile of non-perishable items. Ready-to-eat products are best, such as protein bars, canned fruit, and chocolate, and don’t forget to carry plenty of water as well, ideally at least 2 litres per person.

Be first-aid ready

If possible, ensure that someone on board has basic first aid training; otherwise, pack a comprehensive first aid guide, and regardless, carry a well-stocked first aid kit. You can find a wide range of pre-made kits available at your local hardware store, or if you’d rather compile your own kit, you will find plenty of tips and advice on what to include from experts such as the Canadian Red Cross. Most importantly, if anyone in your group has medication that they need to take regularly, carry a little extra with you, just in case.

At Bargain Auto Centre we specialise in helping drivers find their perfect ride, so if you are in the market for a quality used vehicle this year, start your search here with us. Just give us a call, connect online, or drop by and see us in person today.

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