Your Winter Car Emergency Kit

Central New York drivers are no strangers to driving in the snow, but is your car equipped in case you find your vehicle stuck in the snow for an extended period of time? You’ll want to have a Winter Car Emergency Kit: a small bag, filled with the essentials, that can keep you safe in an emergency. 

Being Prepared Can Save Your Life

The most important item is a cell phone, fully charged. In most areas, a cell phone will allow you to quickly call for help. Keep in mind, cold temperatures can drain your phone’s battery life, so make your call for help as soon as you find yourself in trouble. 

Keep an extra charger and a back-up battery in your vehicle as well. 

The National Safety Council recommends having a bag or clear container in your trunk stocked with the following items at all times: 

  • Blankets, mittens, socks and hats
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Flashlight, plus extra batteries (or a hand-crank flashlight)
  • Jumper cables
  • First-aid kit Bottled water
  • Multi-tool, like a Leatherman multi-tool or a Swiss Army knife
  • Road flares or reflective warning triangles
  • Windshield cleaner

The Right Tools Can Help You Get Unstuck

In the winter, make sure you’re wearing a warm coat and snow boots, in case you need to leave your vehicle. It’s a good idea to keep a pair of boots in your car. Other key items to have in a snowy area like upstate New York:

  • A bag of sand or even kitty litter to help with traction if your car gets stuck
  • A snow shovel (there are collapsible shovels, but make sure they’re sturdy enough for significant snow)

Above all, if you find yourself stuck, and you can’t get out, don’t hesitate to contact the police or dial 911. 

Is your car ready to tackle winter? Schedule your vehicle’s winter maintenance check online at Nimey’s New Generation Cars, or simply text 315-235-3463 for an appointment.


Nimey’s is a family-owned and operated full-service used car dealership and car repair center located in Utica, NY. We value integrity and transparency in everything we do. 

We service vehicles in Utica, Rome, and New Hartford – and all of the Mohawk Valley. Whether you’re looking for service or shopping for a used car, stop in and see why more and more people are choosing Nimey’s New Generation Cars in Utica, NY for their vehicle. 

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