Driving at any time of the year can be dangerous, but it is especially important to be careful driving in the winter. Winter driving can bring the hazards of snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, blackouts, whiteouts, and much more. If your car breaks down at any other time of year, you have still got a good chance of being able to take care of it yourself. However, in the winter, the days are shorter, the weather is colder and it is not at all comfortable to break down in a snowstorm! There are also more ways to break down in the winter; not only can your car run out of gas, but it can also get stuck in the snow. If you are starting to panic, just relax; there are some things you can do to prepare for car emergencies. If you were injured in a car accident, you might start by contacting Michigan Injury Lawyers, who can assist you with any legal matters related to the crash.
The following are the top three items to keep in your car in case of an emergency:
- Flashlight and First Aid Kit. . A flashlight is a useful tool for everywhere including your car. I suggest that you get a windup flashlight. They are very reliable, powerful, cheap, easy to use, and best of all they do not need batteries. First Aid Kit is perhaps the most important thing to carry in your car. Having one can be very helpful when on the road or at the park with your kids. They can also be a lifesaver in case of an accident.
- Battery Charge Kit and Flares. There are small, compact battery charge kits that you can get for your car. These kits are very easy to use and will instantly start your car even if your battery is dead. They hold a charge for a long time and have a gauge shows you it’s full. So many accidents happen when cars are stopped on the side of highways. If you have to stop on the highway you should pull over as far as possible on the right shoulder. Then you should put flares down on the shoulder, going at least 50 yards behind your car, keeping the flares a straight line and always to the left of your car.
- Tea Light Candles, Lighter, Matches and Air Compressor. This is mainly for people who live in places where it can get below freezing. A lot of people don’t know this but if you’re stranded in your car without heat, you can actually heat the inside of your car with a tea light candle or two. Many stores now sell mini compressors that are just for this purpose. A lot of perfectly good tires start to lose air after a while and an air compressor is a quick fix when you are stuck on the side of the road
These are some suggestions and I think you will have a little peace of mind when driving your car. Everything including cell phone can be found at a department store or in an auto parts store. Hopes this helps you and I wish you all safe driving.