What Should I Have in a Winter Car Kit?

Winters in Pittsburgh can be harsh. With heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures, and icy roads, it is important to be prepared for an emergency while driving. The last thing you would want to do is get stranded out in the cold, but by preparing a winter car kit with these tips from Three Rivers Auto Glass, you can handle roadside breakdowns while staying safe and warm.

Stay Warm With These Items

Emergency Winter Car KitIf you end up stranded in a  more remote area, you could be there for a while. Staying warm is crucial to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Even if you can run your car to stay warm, you will run out of gas eventually, losing your heat source. You also risk ice and snow blocking your exhaust and causing deadly carbon monoxide to build up in the car.  Some items you can pack to stay warm include:

  • Handwarmers
  • Blanket
  • Candle-powered heater (metal can, candle, and a lighter)

Keep Yourself Connected

Another important item to have handy is a car cellphone charger. This will help keep your phone charged so that if you have cellphone service, you can make a call to emergency services, friends, and family to help.

It is also helpful to keep a notepad and pen in your kit to ensure you can write down any numbers given to you by a dispatcher or the license and plate number of the other driver.

Tools for Small Repairs

A flashlight can come in handy in a variety of ways, from giving you a better view under the hood or while changing a flat to helping you signal oncoming cars or write down notes, making it a crucial part of your winter car kit. You will also want to keep a simple tool kit in your winter bag including a few screwdrivers, duct tape, an adjustable wrench, and pliers.

You may also consider keeping a portable air compressor in your vehicle since low or flat tires are a common issue.

Winter Windshield Care in Pittsburgh

Cracked and chipped windshields are also common in the wintertime. Don’t let the crack or chip spider or spread across your windshield. This can lead to dangerous blind spots and make it difficult for you to see safely. Be sure to contact Three Rivers Auto Glass, your number on auto glass company in Pittsburgh for all of your windshield replacement and repair needs.

Denny Toth