As the weather continues to get colder, we’re constantly reminded that winter is right around the corner. Though Illinois may not get record amounts of snow, icy conditions and winter storms can still cause issues for the most seasoned winter drivers. Before the snow starts to fall, it’s important to make sure that you have a winter driving kit packed and ready so that you’re prepared for whatever weather this season will send your way. Here are a few things to include.
- Packable shovel: Having a smaller shovel in your car at all times can be incredibly beneficial during the winter. Whether you’re stuck in a snowstorm or were plowed in on your street, a shovel can help you get out if you’re away from home snow removal supplies. There are plenty of options for high-quality winter shovels with collapsible handles available, and typically can find them at local hardware stores as well.
- Snow and ice scraper: This one is pretty straightforward and essential to Illinois living. Make sure you have an ice scraper handy at all times, even when it’s only cold enough for frost. You never know when you’re going to need it!
- Jumper cables: Cold weather is notorious for draining your car battery. Make sure you always have a pair of functioning jumper cables in your car in case you find that your battery is dead. It’s also helpful to have a set of directions on how to use them in case you have a new driver this winter.
- Blankets: When creating your winter driving kit, make sure you include items that will help keep you warm in a situation where you might get stuck. Pack a sleeping bag, down blanket, hats, gloves, warm socks, and scarves to help keep you warm if you find yourself having to wait for a tow truck.
- Non-perishable food items: If you’re stuck in a particularly bad snowstorm or icy conditions, tow truck companies may not be able to get to you for several hours. Play it safe and pack a few non-perishable food items in your kit to have on hand. Protein bars are great for filling you up, and think about keeping a few bottles of water in your trunk.
- Flashlight: If your car is dead, but you need help seeing something, having a flashlight handy can be a big help—especially if you’re trying to conserve your cell phone’s battery life.
Be prepared this winter for everything and make sure you take the time to pack a winter driving kit. If you do happen to get into an accident or find yourself in a ditch, know that Adams Collision Service is here to help your car look as good as new. Give us a call today at 847-961-5409, or check out the rest of our website to learn more about the services we offer.