How to Make the Best Car Emergency Kit

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Snow and ice can make winter travel tough, so how do you prepare for the potential hazards of the Troy roads and avoid an unnecessary trip to the service department? Cooley Mazda is here to help you create the best car emergency kit for you. A winter car safety kit contains the basic tools and supplies that you need to handle unexpected situations during your travels, and it’s easy to customize for your particular needs. Let’s take a look at how to make a winter emergency car kit.

Winter Car Safety Kit Basics

The best winter car safety kit contains a mix of cold weather tools, personal supplies, and emergency supplies. This will cover your bases if you get stranded on the Albany roads. And while this suggested winter emergency car kit is a good foundation, feel free to add or subtract items based on your wants and needs.

  • Battery cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Portable shovel
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Cell phone charger
  • Camera
  • Flat tire kit
  • Common winter items: gloves, blanket, rain poncho, rags, boots, socks, a hat. Pack anything to keep you warm if you get stranded during a snowstorm. 
  • Items to help when stranded: flashlight, warning signaling cones, backup batteries, safety vest, and roadside triangles

Emergency Tool Kit for the Car

If you are planning on heading out of Latham this winter, preparing your car for winter travels is crucial. Not only can it help you out of a bind, but having the proper emergency tool it for the car will also give you extra peace of mind before a big road trip. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Tow Strap: If you slide into ditch, a tow strap is essential to getting out safely. Be sure to double check your owner’s manual to learn the basics of how to use a tow strap.
  • Fire Extinguisher: While a full-size fire extinguisher may be cumbersome, our parts department has travel-sized fire extinguishers that are specifically designed for cars.
  • Food and Water: Long-lasting food and water supplies will last around six months, so it’s a good idea to have a few granola bars and water bottles on hand.

Stay Prepared with Cooley Mazda

Need help creating your winter emergency car kit? Visit our parts department in Rensselaer to shop with our experts or contact us for more information about making the best car emergency kit for you.

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