How to Create a Winter Survival Car Kit | Luther Brookdale Toyota Scion

Winter in Minnesota brings beautiful snow to our area of the country. However, it also brings the increased risk of getting stuck in the snow. How do you plan for the worst? Create a winter survival car kit. 

Luther Brookdale Toyota Scion takes safety seriously, especially when it comes to driving in the winter. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you create the perfect winter survival kit for your vehicle. Take a look at the tips below. 

Don’t Panic
Once you’ve realized that you’re stuck, stay calm. Stay in your car, which is a safe shelter. If you do decide to try shoveling snow away from your tires, take breaks and don’t do it for a long time. Shoveling in the intense cold can be deadly. 

In your emergency kit, include foods that won’t spoil and don’t need to be warmed up, such as energy bars, raisins and miniature candy bars. Keep water in plastic bottles that won’t break in freezing temperatures. Remember to replace the water every six months. 

Candle, Can and Matches
Because you need to turn the engine off as much as possible to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, carry a candle, can and matches. Place the lit candle in the can which will help keep you warm and provide light. 

Extra Clothing 
If your clothes get wet, you’re going to need extra clothes, socks and shoes. Wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat. 

Wind-up Flashlight
If you’re in your car overnight, you’re going to need a flashlight. Because batteries may not last you long, a wind-up flashlight is a safer. 

If you need to get the attention of a passerby, a whistle will come in handy and may even save your life. 

First Aid Kit
Always carry a first aid kit with a seat belt cutter in case you have any injuries, or if you’re trapped in your seat by the seat belt. 

Store in front Compartment 
Store as many of your survival kit items in the front passenger compartment in case your trunk is stuck or frozen shut. 

Other items: 
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Roadmaps
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Cell phone adapter for lighter
  • Warning light or flares
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Jumper cables 
  • Tow rope
If you’ve considered purchasing a new Toyota in the Coon Rapids, MN area, there’s no better time than now. Swing by our dealership on Brooklyn Blvd. and take a test drive. 

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