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What to put in an emergency kit for my car?

Travel season is an ongoing affair, and your checklist should adapt to the circumstances. Below, we've assembled a comprehensive list of must-haves for your journeys.

Oregon's climate is a diverse tapestry, with each part of the state offering its unique weather conditions. The coast is often marked by blustery, rainy weather with a touch of chilliness. The mountains introduce the challenges of snow, ice, and wind. The Willamette Valley delivers a mixed bag of meteorological surprises, including plenty of rain, wind, fog, occasional hail, and rare snow and ice occurrences. Our temperatures are typically moderate, but we do encounter a few stretches of cold weather each year. Snowfall is a fleeting guest. Venture eastward across the mountains to the high desert of central Oregon, and you'll find even colder winters, considerable snowfall, and bone-chilling temperatures. Yet, the azure skies and sunny days compensate for the frigidity. As you proceed further east, the pattern persists – more snow, more cold, and more blue skies. In southern Oregon, expect wintry conditions with cold, wet spells, more snow, added wind, and persistent fog. In essence, a bit of everything.

 

Irrespective of whether your journey is a short hop around town or a long haul across state lines, we're dedicated to ensuring you're prepared for any curve balls Mother Nature throws your way. While breakdowns are never part of the plan, they can happen. We want you to be ready for those times when a tow truck might take a while to reach you. Even as cell phone coverage expands, there are still pockets of limited or no service. Your location may determine how quickly help can arrive. Thus, it's vital to have a few essentials on hand to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.

1. **Fuel:** Keep your vehicle's tank topped up whenever possible. Refueling at the halfway mark ensures you can stay warm if you face a breakdown.

2. **Roadside Emergency Kit:** This comprehensive kit includes flares, road markers, jumper cables, and other vital tools to get your vehicle back in action.

3. **Flashlight:** Given the dark mornings and early evenings, especially when navigating mountainous terrain, a reliable flashlight is a must. It serves both as your guide and a signal to other drivers.

4. **Water:** Always carry at least one bottle of water per person in your vehicle. Don't forget to account for any furry friends traveling with you.

5. **Blankets:** Blankets are an indispensable asset, ready to keep you warm when you're low on fuel or your engine won't start. When my children were little, this was an easy task. As they've grown into teens, I now keep a ready bag in the trunk.

6. **Snacks:** Being stranded is challenge enough; hunger makes it tougher. A few non-perishable snacks, like granola bars, trail mix, jerky, or similar items, will help keep those hunger pangs at bay until you're back on the road.

7. **Tire Chains:** If your route involves traversing mountain passes, ensure you have the requisite chains or traction tires. Knowing how to properly install chains is essential. If you're uncertain, you can schedule an appointment with us for a demonstration.

While this checklist is an excellent foundation, remember to customize your preparations based on your precise location and travel destination.

In recognition of our commitment to your safety, we're offering a winter driving kit that includes essentials such as an emergency blanket, flashlight, and a first aid kit, among other items. Click the link below to explore our specials page or give us a call to book your appointment today. Your safety is our utmost priority.

Happy Adventures, 
Heather

 

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