Winterize a Car – Preparing an Emergency Supply Kit

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jeffrey Boone from AAA Mid-Atlantic’s approved auto repair department demonstrates how to winterize a car, including preparing an emergency supply kit.

    Jeffrey Boone: Hi! I am Jeff Boone from AAA Mid-Atlantic. Today we are talking about winterizing your vehicle. Now I would like to talk to you about preparing a safety kit for winter emergencies to keep in your vehicle.

    Couple of the items that you should keep on board at all times would be some kind of liquid refreshment. Water is okay, however it can freeze so you might look into something that won't freezes easily, a sport drink or something. Cat litter to keep around in case you get stuck on an incline or on a slippery road, you can spread cat litter or sand underneath the tires and it will help you gain extra attraction. Keeping some Gulono Bars or some kind of nutrition in your car in case you do get stuck on a side of the road, is also a good idea. That way you can help sustain yourself for a period of time in between the time you get stuck and the time somebody gets there to help you. Also other items that you should have, would be flares, emergency kit. With the flares are emergency triangles, that say that the other motors coming on the road can see that if you are broke down on the side of the road. Some of the emergency kits will come equipped with a flashing beacon light. Those are good, they are magnetic, they can stick to the side of the car and help people see you at a greater distance. A blanket would be good to keep in the car along with may be some extra socks, some gloves, maybe an extra jacket, just things that will little help you stay warm while you are waiting on somebody to get there to help you.

    You should also keep a small shovel so that if you do get stuck in snow this winter, you are able to dig the snow out from away from the tires and gain better attraction that way. Also, a good ice scraper so that you can keep the windows clear and the ice scraped off so that you can see where are you going so you can drive safely. So those are the some of the things you need to keep in your vehicle to be prepared in case of a winter emergency. Up next, Ed is going to talk you about how to survive a roadside break-down.