December 8th, 2021 by

West Michigan winters can be brutal to say the least. That’s why it’s always important to be prepared for the unexpected when it comes to your vehicle. Having items in your vehicle in case of an emergency is one way you can make sure you are safe on the roads this winter! We put together several key items that are essential to keep inside your vehicle in the case of a winter emergency on the roads!

A Tire Pump
Maintaining consistent tire pressure throughout each tire is a great way to not only help the tread in your tires remain even, but also to help you steer straight! Low tire pressure is dangerous and could lead to a flat tire or even a blowout. One item that will help you avoid these dangers is a portable tire inflator. We strongly recommend keeping one of these bad boys in your vehicle during the winter season in case of an emergency. Here at Berger, we’ll also set your tire pressure for free with every service!

A Flashlight
You never know where or when you’ll be in a sticky situation. Having a flashlight on hand will help make sure that even if it’s dark out, you’ll be able to see and therefore resolve any given issue sooner!

Warm Clothing and Blankets
If your vehicle won’t run, neither will the heat. Make sure you have plenty of blankets and warm clothing to keep you cozy until the problem is resolved or until help arrives.

Spare Tire
While its standard for most vehicles to have a spare tire, if you’re unsure about if you have one, we recommend you check right away! If you end up getting a flat tire or a blowout, having a spare tire will help get you somewhere safely to fix it.

What’s worse than driving on snowy roads? Driving on snowy roads on an empty stomach! Make sure you have enough food and water to keep yourself in check. An emergency can be stressful in and of itself, the last thing you need is your stomach growling along with it!

Emergency Flares/Traffic Cones
If something happens to your vehicle when it’s dark out, it’s important to make other drivers aware that you are on the shoulder. If other drivers can’t see you, it may result in unsafe conditions for both you and other drivers. Keeping emergency flares or cones can be helpful in this situation.

Jumper cables
A common winter vehicle issue is a dead battery. When temperatures drop, unfortunately sometimes so does your vehicles battery life. Keeping jumper cables in your vehicle may not only help your emergency, but you may also be able to help someone else if their vehicle needs a jump!

PS: At Berger, we’ll test your battery for free!

Avoid the dangers of the winter weather by planning ahead this year! We’d love to help in anyway we can to make you feel prepared for these winter months. With free battery testing and multipoint vehicle inspections available, the Berger Team will make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape to keep you safe this winter. Drive safe! We’re here if you need us.

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