Volvos are known for being safe and reliable vehicles, but emergencies sometimes arise. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep certain items in your Volvo, so you can be as prepared as possible for problems as they occur. This could be more important than ever during the cold and snowy winter months in Abbotsford.
1. Auto Emergency Basics
Two of the top basic items you might need for winter include a repair kit for a flat tire (along with a spare tire) and starter cables. The repair tools for flat tires can be found at almost any automotive store, and they could save you from a long walk or wait. Starter cables will help you get your car started if the battery dies. Additionally, you might keep a set of snow chains in your trunk during the winter.
2. Snow and Ice Toolkit
A few tools for combatting snow and ice can improve your overall visibility and decrease the likelihood of a collision. In a small box or bag, you can stash a small shovel, a snow brush, and an ice scraper. You may want to keep a small ice scraper for corners and mirrors, and a larger one for broader surfaces. A snowbrush is generally more efficient than a scraper at removing light snow from the windows, windshield, roof, and hood. A shovel could be invaluable if your tire gets stuck in a snowbank.
3. First Aid and Medications
A first aid kit should contain items such as bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, and antiseptic liquid or wipes. You should also keep an emergency blanket in your kit. If you take any kind of medication that you need on a regular basis, you might consider keeping a dose or two available (but you should be sure it is locked in a box or in the trunk if you have children). You should also keep emergency phone numbers and a flashlight in or near your first aid kit.
4. Food and Water
If you are stranded for an extended period of time, you’ll be grateful to have a few things available that can keep you fed and hydrated. In a small tote bag, you might store energy bars, granola bars, bottled water, and small bottles of vegetable juice. Nuts and trail mix are also good to keep handy. If you have kids, you can stash a small box of their favorite cereal or crackers, so they may be kept nourished and occupied if you must wait for help.
5. Extra Shoes and Clothing
Don’t forget to keep an extra pair of shoes or boots that can withstand some walking in snow or mud. You should also have an extra hat, warm gloves, socks, and a coat or jacket. You should store enough of these items to accommodate passengers, as well.
Getting a Volvo is one way to be certain that you are driving a dependable vehicle. However, emergency circumstances arise occasionally. Being prepared will help you to stay calm and comfortable while dealing with emergencies in the winter.
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