The winter can cause some of the most dangerous driving conditions with the snow, ice, salt, and wind. Regardless of whatever weather might be thrown at you, we want you to feel as confident as possible driving. A good place to start is by making sure to have an emergency car kit stocked in your vehicle.

Here is what we suggest packing:

  • Food that wont’t spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper, and snow brush
  • Wind up flashlight
  • Whistle and horn
  • Portable phone charger
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid

The salted roads can also be very rough on a car. The Unites States uses millions of tons of salt on the roads every year. The road salt can speed up chemical reactions that can cause rusting and degrading of your vehicle, especially the underside.

The best way to minimize any salt damage is to get frequent car washes and waxes. This helps to seal and protect as much as possible. Wash Hounds includes a spray of rust inhibitor chemicals to further help your vehicle. Make sure to choose a car wash option with an underbody wash to really get all the crevices and holes cleaned.

Worried about your car? Come by Wash Hounds to see what services will hep maintain your vehicle and make you feel confident driving around this winter.