As we prepare for winter, wrapping our trees in burlap and buying warm school clothes for the kids, we could think about adding a winter safety kit to our vehicle. Most often, we drive within the confines of plowed roads under the advantage of streetlights, but if we drive on dark roads outside the city limits, it’s even more important to be prepared with our full tank of gas, fully charged cell phone and safety kit in case assistance is delayed. Freezing temperatures can get us in trouble quickly and if we go off the road, there’s nothing more important than being prepared, and double-especially if children are in the car. Keep your roadside assist number in your quick contact list for easy calling. If you are out of cell range, setting up signal flares and staying warm will be your number one concern.
Electronic flashing flares are safe to store in your vehicle and grab the attention of passers-by when you need assistance and need to warn other motorists if your car is obstructing the roadway in low visibility. After you call your roadside assistance team, whether through BCAA or another service provider, place the flares before and aft. That way, your tow truck driver will be able to find you easily. Flares are a great safety item for nighttime mishaps.
Emergency vehicle kits can be purchased that come fully packed for singles or families of every size. These pre-packed auto safety kits are economical, easy to store in your trunk, and ready to order online for curbside pickup.
If you want to pack your own custom survival kit, here’s a few suggestions:
- Cell Phone Charger
- First Aid Kit
- Reflective Vest or Armbands
- Reflective Road Triangle
- Electronic Flashing Flares
- Booster Cables
- Snow Shovel
- LED Flashlight
- Windshield Scraper and Brush
- Traction Mats or Sandbag
- Warm Blankets
- Hand and Foot Warmers
- Additional Warm Watertight Clothes
- Non-perishable Food
- Small Candles and Waterproof Matches
We invite you to call us for an appointment to winterise your vehicle. We’ll make sure it’s ready to perform in sub-zero temperatures with our full-service maintenance check. We’ll test your battery and fluid levels and recommend seasonal upgrades that keep you safe on the road, such as swapping your summer wiper blades for hefty winters that will clear ice and snow effectively from your windshield. Road safety is our ultimate concern and we have been serving Kamloops drivers with that goal in mind since 1988.
Visit Us on Facebook For News, Tips and Tricks on Keeping Your Vehicle in Tip Top Shape
From the team at Advance Auto Service in Kamloops