Winter driving can be stressful, but you can reduce this stress if you are properly prepared. One way to prepare for driving in the cold months is to make a cold-weather car kit. Although you hopefully never need some of these items, you’ll be grateful to have them if something goes wrong while you’re on the road.
- Essentials to stay warm: It’s handy to have a blanket, extra jacket, spare winter wear — including gloves, hats, and socks — and boots stowed away in your vehicle during the winter months.
- Water and snacks: Winter weather can create unanticipated driving delays and put stress on your vehicle. It’s a good idea to have snacks and water on hand in case you’re stuck out in the cold longer than anticipated.
- First-aid kit: Scraping ice off your car or slipping and falling on ice can scratch your hands. Even in seasons other than winter, have a first-aid kit ready in your vehicle.
- Tools for potential car issues: Store a small shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight, and salt or sand for gaining tire traction in the trunk in case you need them. Winter weather can zap the car battery, and you want to be prepared it won’t start.
Giving your car a winter tune-up will also help it run better this time of year, and the Tom Hodges Mitsubishi service team would be glad to prepare your car for the cold.