Vehicle Safety

Winter Car Emergency Kit Checklist

It can be dangerous to drive in winter, but it is necessary in Alberta. You don’t want to have to deal with an accident or breakdown due to the harsh weather conditions, poor visibility, slippery roads, and dangerously low temperatures. You can stay safe on the roads and in emergencies by properly preparing your car for winter.

We have some tips and tricks to help you prepare your car for winter.

A vehicle inspection will ensure that your vehicle is winter-ready.

When preparing for winter driving, the first thing to do is make sure your vehicle is safe for the conditions. Revolution Motors will conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle for winter conditions. Revolution Motors can inspect your vehicle for any problems, such as worn tires, fluid leakage, and brake system failures.

Wear winter rubber tires.

All-weather tires or all-season tires may not be as safe as winter tires. All-season tires are safe in all seasons, including spring, summer, and fall. However, once the temperatures drop and snowflies, you should put winter tires on your vehicle. All-season tires, or all-weather tires, are not grippy enough for extreme temperatures, ice, and snow. Winter tires are the best and most safest choice for winter driving in Alberta. This winter tire comparison will help you learn more about the different types of tires.

Revolution Motors can help you swap your summer, all-weather, or all-season tires before you take to the roads this winter.

Make a winter roadside assistance car kit.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation after an accident or breakdown, having some tools and supplies in your car can be a lifesaver. This winter car emergency kit checklist will help you decide what supplies to include.

  • Booster cables
  • Small shovel
  • Windshield brush, scraper
  • You can get emergency food such as energy bars or non-perishable canned foods.
  • Bottled water
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags
  • Additional hats, mittens, and socks
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Tow rope or chain
  • For traction, use gravel or road salt
  • Reflectors and emergency flare
  • Whistle
  • Charger for cell phones

These items should be kept in the passenger compartment in case the trunk or lock becomes frozen. If you’re feeling a bit cold and need to warm the car, ensure there’s no snow blocking the exhaust pipe and that you keep the windows slightly open. You don’t want harmful carbon monoxide to get inside your car. Learn more about how to prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide in cars .

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