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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. 

Save time. Save money. Drive better.

Which Is Worse for Your Car: Rock Salt or Brine on Roadways?

Anyone who drives a car in Central New York knows that winter is a car killer. If you’re not sliding or slipping, corrosion is having its way with your vehicle.

With many municipalities switching from sand and rock salt to brine, or a brine combination, you may have experienced corrosion that seems worse than in previous years. You’re not imagining things.

Brine may be more effective and cost less for your town, but it’s much worse for your vehicle. First, brine is able to penetrate into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle’s undercarriage – places rock salt wouldn’t generally reach. Second, and we’ll have to reach back to high school chemistry for this, is that brine forms an acid when humidity reaches 20-30 percent.

In most states, brine is a mix of sodium chloride and magnesium chloride dissolved in water. “That’s a very important point, because magnesium chloride is much more corrosive than sodium chloride, the rock salt,” said Bob Baboian, an auto industry consultant and a fellow at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, in comments to the Washington Post.

When that magnesium salt is dissolved by the humidity in the air, it creates an acid. That acid eats your car. Once the temperatures are above the teens, there is likely enough humidity in the air to create that acid. That’s especially true in your garage.

What can you do to help protect your vehicle?

  • Invest in an undercoating for your vehicle. It will help protect your investment from the corrosive properties of salt and brine.
  • Wash your car regularly – and always include the undercarriage wash, especially if you know you’ve been driving on brined roadways.
  • It sounds crazy, but if you can’t rinse your car, keep it out of the garage, and in the cold, until you can.

Find More Driving Tips at Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars

We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

Thanksgiving Meal

Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in and near Utica, NY

Thanksgiving Restaurants Open throughout Oneida County 

No one should have to spend their holiday cooped up inside cooking and cleaning all day. This Thanksgiving, save yourself from the stress of preparing a big meal for your whole family and instead go out or order in. For those living in Utica, New York, or the greater Oneida County area, we here at New Generation Cars have found some great places open on Thanksgiving that offer tons of tasty options to celebrate the season.

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