How to Prepare Your Car for an Emergency

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This time of year, I always get nervous when going out on the road. As soon as the snow and ice hits, things get a little more dangerous. If you get anxious like me, rest assured that it’s normal. Especially if you’ve had any negative experiences in the past (for example, a car accident due to the inclement weather). Thankfully today, I have some tips from a New York Chevrolet dealer that will help you be prepared in case of an emergency on the road this winter.

First Things First

If you are heading out into rough weather, consider whether or not you actually NEED to be going out. If you’re heading out to get groceries, can you make do with what you have in the pantry? If you’re headed out to visit family/friends, could you reschedule and do it another time? Sometimes you just have to stop and think, do you really need to go out? You may surprise yourself with the answer.

Next Up: Prepare

If you’re planning on being out on the roads this winter, it’s a great idea to prepare for an emergency. It can never be a bad idea to be ready for anything. So how do you prepare for the worst (just in case)? Here’s what you should consider:

  • Make an emergency first aid kit for your car
  • Write up a list of phone numbers including your emergency contact, primary doctor and car insurance agent
  • Carry an extra blanket and coat, along with an extra hat and gloves
  • Bring jumper cables
  • Pack a shovel, windshield scraper, and de-icer
  • It doesn’t hurt to carry a set of tools in your vehicle as well

In Case of Emergency

I’m a big advocate for taking at least one CPR class in your lifetime. It can help save a life, and you never know where you might be when it comes in handy. I renew my CPR/AED certification every two years, and it’s always amazing how much you learn and how some things change.