Saturday, January 25, 2014

Know What Junk to Pack in Your Trunk

While most residents of Cheboygan and North Michigan dutifully ensure that they keep an insurance card and registration in their vehicle, many fail to carry with them other items that can be essential during an emergency. Even new vehicles can get stuck in the snow or suffer a flat tire, and without basic provisions, you may end up helpless on the side of the road. By keeping a few items in your trunk, you’ll be able to deal with just about any automotive crisis that comes your way.

One of the most common reasons people end up on the side of the road is a flat tire. While new vehicles come with the tools to change a tire, used automobiles may not have these items. You should be sure to have a jack to raise your vehicle, a wrench to remove the lug nuts that hold your tire on, and of course, a spare tire.

Along with these items, a flashlight with spare batteries may also come in handy, since you may end up with a flat tire at night. Flares are a good idea because they help other drivers see your vehicle in the dark. Along with purchasing these items individually, there are also a number of kits for sale that contain everything you need.

While Michigan has a number of wonderful traits, mild winters are not one of them. It’s all too easy to get caught in a snow drift during a storm, which is why you should consider putting both salt and a blanket in your trunk. With salt, you may be able to get your vehicle unstuck by melting the snow, and if you’re not able to, a blanket will keep you warm while you wait for assistance. Rock salt is best, but table salt will do in a pinch.

If you have an automobile that’s a few years old, keeping oil and radiator fluid in your trunk can save you from a breakdown. Radiator fluid can be particularly helpful in both extreme cold and heat, and having it on hand can be the difference between waiting for a tow truck and driving away after a few minutes. It’s important to note that you should be careful before adding any fluids to your vehicle and ensure that you know where they go to prevent damage to yourself or your automobile.

For more information about car care or makes and models that are especially safe during the winter, contact us or stop by to speak with one of our experts at Fernelius Toyota. You can also browse our selection online.

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