Winter can sneak up on us any time here in Parker and throughout Colorado. For sure it’s essential you plan ahead of the hard core winter months of November through April. As snow storms and sub-zero temperatures continue into the early spring months of March and April, it’s always a good time to assure you have checked and re-stocked your winter emergency kit in your vehicle.
What should you include in your Colorado winter road emergency kit?
- A strong flashlight with brand new batteries
- Road flares
- A heavy blanket or sleeping bag
- An extra set of gloves and warm hat – and always your warmest coat!
- Bottled water, nutrition bars, dried nuts & fruit
- Jumper cables
- A basic tool set (screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench)
- A spare cell phone charger or external battery
- Bag of Sand or Kitty Litter (for traction!)
- Basic First Aid Kit (aspirin, bandages, alcohol wipes, anti-bacterial cream, scissors, tweezers, compression wrap, gauze)
You should also make sure you have a good spare tire and a jack – and know how to use it. We recommend practicing changing your tire in summer or fall. It will definitely relieve the stress of trying to figure it all out on the side of a wet and sloppy road. Make sure too that you have information on how to handle your run-flat tires if you get a low-tire warning light.
We suggest you hit the road with a fully-charged cell phone and have it on you at all times. Be sure to check weather conditions before traveling extended distances or into rural or mountain areas. Remember, conditions can change in mere minutes, especially if the wind kicks up on the high mountain passes or in the expansive parks such as South Park and North Park in Colorado.
Visit our web site to check out our seasonal car care deals to help take the load off some of your car care and maintenance expenses throughout the year.
For more helpful car care advice for cars, 4×4’s, light trucks, SUVs and more, call InC Auto Repair Center at 303.400.4062.