Your Winter Roadside Emergency Kit: What to Include

December 4th, 2018 by

It’s a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit packed in every one of your vehicles, and that goes double for winter. In addition to a first aid kit and some extra doses of any essential medications, you should build your winter roadside emergency kit around this checklist from Patrick Hyundai — and be sure to check its contents regularly, like when you do your seasonal maintenance.

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Roadside Emergency Kit Checklist

Winter Emergency Items

These items are ones you should specifically keep in your vehicle in winter, though it doesn’t hurt to drive around Schaumburg with them all-year round:

Ice scraper with brush
Winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf
Warm blanket
Instant hand warmers
Foldable shovel
Fix-A-Flat

Normally we’d recommend simply proper tire changing tools, but trying to change a tire in ice and snow has us including an instant flat fix solution.

Car Maintenance and Repair Items

While a winter roadside emergency kit has some special features, you’ll want many of these in your car all-year:

Jumper cables
Portable battery kit and/or jumper cables
Simple toolkit (screwdrivers, a pocket knife, pliers, and a lug wrench)
Spare tire and car jack
2×6 of wood
Tire pressure gauge
Flashlight with extra batteries
Windshield washer fluid
Coolant
Motor oil

Personal Care Items

If you’re stuck along the side of the road for a while, you’ll want some other essentials as well.

Non-perishable snacks (granola bars, nuts)
Rain poncho
First-aid kit
Bottled Water
Phone charger
Pen and paper
Paper towels
Moist towelettes for cleaning up

Count on Patrick Hyundai for Car Care

If you’re in need of a tow or auto service in Chicagoland, count on Patrick Hyundai to help get your car back on the road. You can have your vehicle towed to our service center, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about available accessories for if you find yourself stranded. Also be sure to learn how to repair a dent or read up on 2020 Chicago Auto Show news with our team.

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