Winter Driving Tips & Roadside Emergency Kit Checklist

September 13th, 2017 by

With fall just getting underway, everyone here in Lynchburg is getting ready to brave those frosty Virginia mornings. Some of us have a routine in place—wake up early, grab a cup of coffee, and scrape the windshields for 15 minutes—while others are lucky enough to have a garage or Mercedes-Benz with a remote-start system. There are even others who have no idea what to do with their car when snow falls. Ooph.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of icy roads or a newbie about to jump into the fray, it’s always in your best interest to prepare for winter’s worst. Follow these tips from our Lynchburg Mercedes-Benz dealership, and you’ll be ready for Mother Nature.


Winter Car Emergency Kit Must-Haves

In addition to the “always carry” spare tire and tire-changing gear, you should also pack the following into your winter emergency kit:

  • Jumper cables (16’ or longer)
  • Flashlight (and batteries)
  • Small wrench set
  • Electrical or duct tape
  • Ice scraper
  • Folding shovel
  • Road flares or traffic cones
  • Gallon of water
  • Nonperishable food (protein-rich foods are ideal)
  • Thick blanket or sleeping bag
  • Spare clothing and boots
  • Multi-tool and knife
  • First aid
  • Fire extinguisher (“1A10BC” or “2A10BC” labels)
  • Extra phone battery or power bank
  • Road map
  • A bag of sand or cat litter
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Hand warmers (example)
  • Antifreeze
  • Engine oil
  • Old rags

Additional Winter Driving Tips

  • Keep your gas tank above the ¼ mark. You never know when you’ll slide on a patch of ice and get stuck in a snow bank. Having extra gas to heat the cabin can literally save your life.
  • Have a car escape tool available at all times. Such tools include small hammers, knives, seat belt cutters, and window breakers.
  • If it’s cloudy or snowing, be sure and switch your vehicle’s headlights on. Doing so may not improve your visibility, but it alerts other drivers of your position.
  • After the first freeze of the season, be sure and inflate your tires to recommended levels. Check the suggested PSI in your door jamb or owner’s manual.
  • Avoid activating and using cruise control when roads are wet or icy.
  • Have your brakes and tire tread inspected prior to the beginning of winter. Visit our auto service center near Bedford for your pre-winter car maintenance.
  • If you begin skidding, don’t panic. Calmly and slowly turn the steering wheel in the direction opposite of where you’re facing. Don’t apply the brakes—just let the tires find traction.
  • Never drive with snow on your hood or roof. Cleaning and scraping the wintry mix off is never fun, but it’s much safer than the alternative.
  • Leave for your destination early to avoid unforeseen obstacles.
  • Give yourself more following space than normal from the vehicle in front of you. There’s no telling when (or why) they’ll slam their brakes, but it’s bound to happen.

Find a Safer Car at Mercedes-Benz of Lynchburg

To give yourself an even bigger edge over winter, you might want to consider upgrading your vehicle to a newer, safer model. The latest 2017 and 2018 Mercedes-Benz vehicles at our Lynchburg luxury car dealership come with multiple standard and optional safety features to help you avoid wintery debacles. Browse our selection of new Mercedes-Benz sedans and SUVs for sale and lease, and you’ll be one step closer to giving the upcoming cold weather the cold shoulder.

Contact us at 434-385-6226 or stop by Berglund Luxury Auto at 2643 Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg, VA to test drive a new or certified used Mercedes-Benz. Stay safe out there!



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