How to Make a Winter Emergency Car Kit

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While the winter months can be a real hazard, many Pasadena drivers may be unfamiliar with safety during the cold season. While driving in the deep of winter sounds scary if to some, it doesn’t have to put an end to road trip plans and holiday adventures. A winter emergency kit means you’ll be prepared for the worst, whether you’re in a sleek Dodge Charger or a rugged Jeep Wrangler. Learn how to put together a winter emergency car kit for all your seasonal adventures from the experts at Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Thanks to our dedicated service center specialists, you’ll have a wealth of information to stay safe and ready for whatever the road brings.


What You’ll Need for Your Winter Car Safety Kit

When it comes to driving during winter, there’s no good excuse to avoid basic preparation, especially if you plan on heading north. A quick drop in temperature plus cold rain can make things extra slippery, whether or not the ground freezes. An emergency tool kit for car or truck will go a long way to easing any winter worries. Consult your owner’s manual if you’re heading into colder climates and schedule a service with your local team to get your vehicle prepped. Finally, gather the following items for your winter car safety kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Backup batteries
  • Warning signal cones
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Extra warm clothing items, such as blankets, gloves, hats, boots and a rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Battery cables
  • Flat tire kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Portable shovel

Sand or salt ice melt can help improve traction if you find yourself in a slick spot around Pearland or Baytown. Some drivers recommend the extra weight of sand bags for a rear-wheel drive car or a truck. This practice, however, should be paired with more cautious acceleration and more defensive driving in general to improve contact with the road.

Put Together the Best Car Emergency Kit

If you’re looking to hit the slopes on a winter vacation or take a trip to see the family, there’s a few extra items you should bring to make the long journey:

  • First, a tow strap is a crucial tool in case you slide off the road. Another vehicle will then be able to help pull you back onto the road and on your way.
  • It’s never a bad idea to keep a map of the area where you’ll be traveling in case your phone battery dies or GPS service cuts out.
  • Another helpful tool is an automotive fire extinguisher in the event of a fire, as extreme temperatures can put undue stress on any of your systems.

Consult our parts department for all the accessories and winter-ready items you need for the season.

Trust the Service Specialists at Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

Wherever the winter months take you, the Houston experts have all you need to enjoy the season to the fullest. Learn to program your Dodge key fob to get out of the cold faster with keyless entry! With a winter emergency kit and regular maintenance, there’s nothing we can’t help you prepare for on the road. Now that you’ve built your winter car kit, warm up at some of our favorite coffee spots in HoustonContact us at Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram for a thorough inspection, and look out for more of our experts’ service tips and tricks!

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