Emergency Car Kits
It’s always best to be prepared for just about anything when you’re on a road trip with your family. We recommend you always carry the following items in your car, especially if you’re planning a long road trip.
- Basic Tools – pliers, wrench, both flat and phillips head screwdrivers
- A sharp knife
- Road flares
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Camping shovel
- Fuses – double-check you have the correct type for your car
- Winter clothing – gloves, a hat, boots, etc.
- Jumper cables
- Warning sign for front and back of car
- Car fluids – antifreeze, motor oil, brake fluid, water, transmission fluid
- Electric & duct tape
- First-aid kit
- Car charging cord for your cell phone
Also make sure your spare tire has air and your jack is in good working order.
Driving Tips for Icy Roads
If you have to travel any distance on icy roads, make sure you have packed an emergency car kit.
Driving safely on icy roads
If you find yourself stuck
- Of course, the first thing to remember is to slow down, you shouldn’t attempt to drive the same speeds you would on clear pavement. Allow plenty of space to stop.
- Brake slowly, if you start to slide, ease off brakes. If you have standard brakes, pump gently. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure while the brakes pulse.
- If your rear wheels skid, take your foot off the accelerator.
- Do not use cruise control on icy roads.
- Remember that ice forms first on bridges and overpasses, also be extra careful in shady and low traveled areas.
- Shovel the snow away from your tires, also see if the under carriage of your car is hung up on any snow and remove as needed
- If possible, use sand, kitty litter or salt to gain traction under your wheels.
- When you attempt to pull out, accelerate gently, do not spin your wheels.
About Deer Hits
If you hit a deer, you should first call 911 and report it to have a police officer determine your damages. Aitkin Body Shop can tow your vehicle to our shop and work with your insurance company to get your vehicle repaired. A deer hit should be covered under your comprehensive insurance policy.