Be Prepared For Winter in Fort Saskatchewan
Being stuck or stranded on the side of the road is a situation that many drivers assume will never happen to them. This would be awesome, but not exactly a reliable thought, even if you’ve followed our 7 Basic Winter Tune Up Tips. While we all strive to do our best to add to the safety conditions out on the roads, accidents happen unavoidably at times and while the temperatures are below freezing temperatures it’s especially important to make sure we are prepared for less forgivable conditions while waiting for help to arrive. This is where your Roadside Safety Kit comes into play, good thing you spent a few minutes one evening preparing for just the situation, right?
While You Wait
Many drivers in newer vehicles may have some form of roadside assistance as part of their warranty or service packages. Alternatively, drivers may have membership to clubs such as AMA that offer 24/7 roadside assistance. While these services are of great value, they often involve waiting for available technicians to reach you and depending on conditions, your location and how busy they are this may include some serious time. No problem, because you are prepared for this exact situation. You thought carefully to make sure you had such items as a blanket, water bottles, a candle with matches, non-perishable food (such as energy bars) and extra clothing perhaps. With good luck your 5 star service will arrive promptly and any waiting you have to do will be minimal, but just in case, these items can make a big difference.
Many of the other items in a typical safety kit are designed to potentially help you get out of being stranded. These items include a small shovel, tire sealant, jumper cables, a tow rope, an ice scraper, sand or even cat litter, and a multipurpose tool. If you are stuck in snow on the side of the road, the sand or cat litter can be used to help you get unstuck as can the shovel. If that isn’t enough, the tow rope can be invaluable to pull you out. In addition to the tire sealant, always make sure you have a spare tire that is properly inflated. To ensure this, check the tire pressure every few months. If you are unable to change the tire, the sealant can often be enough to seal up a hole temporarily until you can get to a tire shop. Having a first aid kit is also a must in case of injury from a collision or other incident.
There are a few items that should be included in any kit that help you to keep other drivers and yourself safe while stranded. These include small reflective triangles or even road flares, a flashlight with batteries, and potentially a whistle. Lay the flares or triangles out so other drivers are aware that you are stranded, and use the flashlight to help flag help down and see in case of evening.
Get Prepared For Winter With Straightline Dodge
When it comes to roadside safety it is always best to be over prepared. There is nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the road with no way to help yourself or help others. So before the dead of winter hits, be sure to equip your car with a Roadside Safety Kit. Beyond that, it’s always wise to Schedule a Service Appointment to make sure your vehicle is in great running shape for the cold season.