Is your vehicle ready for an emergency?

You might think about an emergency kit before a winter road trip, but roadside emergencies or neighborhood evacuations can happen anywhere, at any time of year. On even a relatively short trip a breakdown could mean a couple hours in either the heat or cold waiting on a tow truck. Give yourself peace of mind by performing regular maintenance on your vehicle and having a well-stocked emergency kit in the trunk.

Emergency kit basics

At minimum, your vehicle should always contain these items: In the winter months in cold regions also include:
   
A properly inflated spare tire, wrench, and jack Salt or kitty litter
Complete first aid kit Folding shovel
Flashlight and extra batteries Ice scraper
Multipurpose tool and utility knife Blankets
Jumper cables Extra gloves, hats, etc.
Road flares Non-perishable food
Extra phone charger and/or battery backup
Bottled water
Emergency cash

Extra useful supplies

If space in your vehicle allows or severe weather is predicted, you may also want to include:
 
Car fire extinguisher
Hand wipes and paper towels
Rain poncho
Duct tape
Tarp
Sunscreen
Paper map of the region
Pen/pencil and paper

 
If you frequently travel with an infant or a pet, consider what other specialized supplies you may need.

Equally important

Know your car is safe and reliable.

  • Have your vehicle inspected regularly by a certified mechanic.

  • Routinely keep your gas tank over a ¼ full.

  • Replace your tires when their tread is less than 4/32 or if they develop uneven wear. Having low tire tread greatly reduces your grip on the road and is especially dangerous in wet or snowy conditions.

  • Check your tire pressure monthly when they are cold.

  • A complete brake inspection should be performed once a year, and have any trouble signs checked out as soon as possible.

  • Check your fluid levels once a month, and bring it to your mechanic right away if you suspect a leak.

  • Have your battery tested to verify it is charging at the correct rate. If it is over 3 years old it may be time for a replacement.

 

If you need an appointment to have your vehicle’s readiness inspected, give us a call at 860-951-1083. Safe Travels!
 

Written by Hillside Automotive

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