Carmentors4u winter driving tips

Be prepared for the winter driving wonderland by being prepared for the unexpected. Carmentors4u will guide you with some helpful tips to keep you safe if something happens. Here is a list of recommendations we have for you and your families safety. Be prepared and be safe.

Carmentors4u suggests that you inspect your battery terminals for corrosion, and make sure your antifreeze is set for the proper temperatures. If you need a jump start have some cables close by. The winter can be and will be unpredictable, if unprepared, the expense could be high to seek help, or repairs.

Many independent service facilities will conduct a pre-winter inspection of your car,truck or suv. THE INSPECTION is typically very inexpensive and will suggest any items that may require some attention. The most important thing to remember is that with the cold weather comes unexpected changes in you cars performance. Pay close attention to the cooling system condition make sure that the antifreeze is properly set for sub freezing temperatures. The battery can be tested for extreme conditions. During the spring, summer, or fall, the battery may seem fine. Winter driving brings on conditions that may test the batteries ability to start and stay charged.

Have you ever been driving? It's 11:00 p.m.; you're traveling alone on a country road that's dark and desolate. You know in an instant that something's wrong. Controlling the vehicle becomes difficult and you move the car to the side of the road. Getting out, you see that the left rear tire IS FLAT!!

If you're winter driving situation puts you and your cellular together, help is only a phone call away right!!. If not, you're either faced with having to hail a passing motorist or spend a night in the boonies. That is, unless you have a well-stocked emergency roadside kit in the trunk of your car.

Take a look at a list of items that we suggest for your winter driving road trip

Carmenotrs4u knows when winter driving or traveling any lengthy distance, a roadside emergency kit can mean the difference between getting back on the road or being stuck for a long period of time. A roadside emergency kit for winter driving is the one item that every vehicle should have; yet most of us never carry any of the basic items to help you get back on the road quickly and safely.

Granted, all these items can mean that you need a large vehicle to carry them down the road, but a basic version with two roadside flares, a quart of oil, small first aid kit, extra fuses, flashlight, Leatherman Tool (or any other multipurpose tool commonly containing pliers, wire cutters, knife, saw, bottle opener, screwdrivers, files and an awl), tire inflator, rags, pocket knife, pen and paper and a help sign will take up a minimal amount of trunk space.

A few companies offer pre-assembled emergency roadside kits. ranging from a 58-piece to 78-piece. Price will vary of course, but you can get a very nice kit for under $50.00. While these kits contain the basics in a small convenient carrier, you might want to augment yours with a few of the items listed to to right to suit your needs.

Before you actually use your kit in an winter driving emergency situation, take some time to familiarize yourself with the items you've collected and how to use them properly. Also remember that the most important item is your own good judgment - stopping to change a tire in the high-speed lane is only an accident waiting to happen. Always carry tire chains

Unfortunately, there isn't "one tool for all roadside emergency needs." But with a little planning and a little trunk space, an emergency roadside kit can often save the day.

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Carmentors4u suggests the basic items should include:

Four 15-minute roadside flares

12-foot jumper cables

gallon of washer fluid

Two quarts of oil

Gallon of antifreeze

First aid kit (including an assortment of bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic cream, instant ice and heat compresses, scissors and aspirin)


Extra fuses

Flashlight and extra batteries

Flat head screwdrivers

Phillips head screwdrivers


Vise Grips

Adjustable wrench

Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)

Tire pressure gauge

Rags-Hand Towels

Roll of paper towels

Roll of duct tape

Spray bottle with washer fluid


Ice scraper

Pen and paper

Help sign

Granola or energy bars

Bottled water

heavy-duty nylon bag to carry it all in.