Winter Driving Survival Checklist: What to Have on Board

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Accurate Auto Body Denver No Comments

winter drivingWinter is at our doorstep and soon the mountains and towns alike will be filled with several feet of new snow. In winter weather conditions and winter driving, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for whatever comes. Although your car may be equipped with all of the latest vehicle enhancements, that won’t help you when the battery is dead and you find yourself in an emergency situation. Luckily, Accurate Auto Body, your Denver Auto Body Shop, is here to give the best tips on what to have on hand in your vehicle to make sure you and your passengers are prepared for winter driving.

Winter Survival Kit

 If you live in Colorado, chances are you already know the importance of having a survival kit on hand during winter driving. In an emergency, having the right things in your vehicle could help save the life of you or your passengers.  Here’s a quick checklist to help you make sure you are prepared for whatever may come your way:

  • A shovel
  • A windshield scraper, preferably with small broom attachment
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Snack food and water
  • Waterproof matches and emergency candles
  • First Aid Kit with a pocketknife
  • Blankets or a sleeping bag and additional hats, mittens, or gloves
  • Tow Chain or rope and booster cables
  • Emergency flare and reflectors
  • Tire chains or snow socks
  • Road salt or sand to help you get your vehicle unstuck
  • Car charger for your cellphone

Survival Tips

Getting stuck is unavoidable sometimes, but having your winter survival kit on hand can help you get out of most slick situations. However, vehicle is stuck and you are unable to call and unsure of your location, do not go walking for help, especially during a storm. Your vehicle is a great shelter and warm clothes and a single candle burning inside of your vehicle can keep you safe from hypothermia. If you are unable to call, stay warm and wait for help to come, being sure you are ready to flag it down once it arrives.

If you have an accident or are stuck and in need of help, be sure that your vehicle is clearly marked with reflectors and hazard lights. If you are in need of help, don’t hesitate to call the police, but be sure to follow whatever instructions you are given.

When it comes to winter weather, we always say that it’s always best to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. All of us here at Accurate Auto Body wish you a wonderful and safe winter!

How to use this information

No matter how good of a driver you are, winter weather can get the best of you. If hit a patch of black ice and find your vehicle in need of repair, be sure to give Accurate Auto Body a call at 303-344-2122 or contact us through our website information and we will be happy help!

 What do you make sure to have on board during winter driving?

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