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How to Make a Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter Emergency Triangle

As the weather changes from falling leaves to falling snow, it’s important to make sure your car is prepared for icy roads and snowy driving conditions. Lafayette-area are no strangers to frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, but you can’t be too prepared when a sudden snow squall hits or you’re obligated to travel on icy roads. Below, our service center has put together a list of crucial items you need to build a winter car safety kit, as well as some tips to keep in mind for long-distance driving during winter. 



Winter Car Safety Kit

Driving on slick roads and dealing with unpredictable weather in West Lafayette can be nerve-wracking, but having an emergency tool kit for your car can put your mind at ease. Before you venture out into winter weather, make sure you have a car kit with the following items: 

  • Battery cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Portable shovel
  • Items to help if you become stranded: flashlight, warning signaling cones, backup batteries, safety vest, and roadside triangles
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera
  • Flat tire kit
  • Must-have winter items: gloves, blanket, rain poncho, rags, boots, socks, a hat. Pack anything to keep you warm if you get stranded during a snowstorm. 

Essential Items for Long Road Trips This Winter

If you’re planning on driving long-distance out of Indianapolis this winter, make sure you have these items (as well as the items listed above) so you’re prepared for the unexpected: 

  • Tow strap: If you get stuck in a ditch, a tow strap will come in handy. Another vehicle will be able to pull you out. Double-check your owner’s manual to learn how to properly use a tow strap with your vehicle. 
  • Fire extinguisher: You can purchase a small fire extinguisher intended for automotive use, and keep it on hand should a fire break out. 
  • Long-lasting food and water: Water and long-lasting foods like granola and protein bars should be kept in your car, especially if you’re setting out on a long drive. 

Should you find yourself stranded, be sure to stay inside your car or as close to it as possible. Don’t leave your car or go out by yourself. Stay in or close to your car and wait for emergency responders. If you leave your vehicle, you’ll be harder for them to locate. In the meantime, you’ll have the best car emergency kit to keep you safe and warm. 

Prepare Your Car for Winter with Auto Express!

If you want to further prepare your car for winter with winter tires, a fresh battery, or fluid top-offs, we’ve got you covered. Schedule a service appointment with us today, or contact our service team online or by phone at 765-588-5140 to learn more about our services. Before you schedule, be sure to browse our service specials for the latest offers on auto services and parts. 


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