Winter Emergency Car Kit

Car tires on winter road covered with snow

Illinois winters can certainly be daunting, between heavy snows and icy roads. In the worst situations, drivers may find themselves in a snowy ditch near Peoria or stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery in frigid temperatures. Luckily, Mike Murphy Ford has compiled a list of what to include in your winter emergency car kit so that you’re prepared for the winter months!

Winter Car Safety Kit

Given the unpredictability of East Peoria-area winters, it’s smart for drivers to be as prepared as possible. Take a look at everything the Mike Murphy Ford Service Center recommends including in your winter car safety kit:

  • Tools for an Emergency
    • Battery cables
    • Ice scraper
    • Flat tire kit
    • Basic first-aid kit
    • Cell phone charger
    • Camera
  • Items to Help When Stranded
    • Flashlight
    • Warning signal cones
    • Backup batteries
    • Safety vest
    • Roadside triangles
  • Common Winter Items
    • Portable shovel
    • Blanket
    • Hat
    • Gloves
    • Boots
    • Rain poncho
    • Anything else to keep you warm

Winterize Your Car

In addition to putting together an emergency tool kit for car trips this winter in the Pekin area, it’s also important to prepare the car itself. Winter can take a toll on a vehicle, so it’s best to plan ahead. Schedule service with Mike Murphy Ford for the following:

  • Installation of winter tires with specially designed treads for extra traction
  • Windshield wiper replacement to ensure superior visibility, no matter the weather
  • Fluid and tire pressure checks
  • Battery replacement, especially if the battery is on its last legs
  • Lubrication of locks so they don’t freeze
  • Installation of winter accessories like floor mats, cargo liners, remote engine starters, and more

Prepare for Winter With Mike Murphy Ford!

Now that you have an idea of how to create the best car emergency kit possible, it’s time to get it together so that you can tackle Washington roads this winter with confidence. Have any questions? Feel free to get in touch with Mike Murphy Ford for additional information or with questions about what else to include in your vehicle this winter. We also have a growing list of service tips and tricks for you to peruse so that you can best take care of your car, no matter the season.

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