Get Prepared: Emergency Car Kit for Winter

Preparedness is key!  You don’t expect emergencies, but being prepared for one sure gives you a sense of security.  Whether you live near an earthquake line, blizzard territory, twister zones or away from all that where you don’t ever see snow; these items are still great to have in your car.  And who knows if someone’s car engine may break down and you will be there to help!


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These items are simple, unexpected, and you can purchase them all at Wal-Mart.


Check out this link that gives you more visuals of these items and how you can store them in a storage tub for your car trunk.  These items are simple, unexpected,  and you can purchase them all at Wal-Mart.


1.  Non-clumping Kitty Liter.  Less than a buck for a 7 lb bag, this stuff can save you if you’re stuck on ice or in the snow.  Throw it under your tires to give traction so pull out.

2.  Jumper Cables. This is a necessity to have no matter what the season.  You can find these for less than ten bucks.

3. Fix-a-Flat Spray.  To get you by in an emergency.

4. Emergency Blanket.  Look for these in the camping section.

5. Hand Warmers.  These are the best things ever.

6. First Aid Kit.  Another total must to have with you for obvious reason.

7. LED Flashlight.  Get one that doesn’t require batteries, but has a crank to generate the power it needs.  They come with a steady light or a flashing light that you can use in an emergency.

That’s not so hard, is it?  This is a pretty good winter car kit that you can find the items for under forty bucks.  Put them in a tub or even in a back pack.  You can also add to it with things like:


  • Energy / Protein Bars
  • Tire Chains
  • Water (bottled)
  • Ice Scraper, Snow Shovel/Brush
  • Paper Towels / Rags
  • Window Washer Solvent (Winter Formula)


Put it on your “To-do” list and get one of these in each of your cars for this winter.  Who knows, you could save a life, maybe even your own!  Safe travels from Southwest Engines.



How To Be Safe When You Are Driving Alone

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Check your gas, engine, and emergency road kit before driving alone

Know how to be safe when driving alone? Yes, and you immediately give yourself an A+ because you shouted out loud: “Wear your seatbelt,” and startled the driver in the adjacent lane who was thinking about dialing 911. There is no question that in today’s confused society, security and safety should be your paramount concern; especially women driving alone. That said here are some tips you may already know plus a few clever ones you don’t and should never forget.

Tip #1 – How’s that ten year old car holding up for you? Is it in good working order? If you’re traveling a long distance maybe you need a good used engine. That red light that keeps staying on could be a sign of trouble, so get it checked out, load up with gas, pack at least two gallons of water in your trunk as well as an emergency kit and blanket and one of those cool LED flashlights. Make sure all your doors lock.

Tip #2 – Study your maps before leaving if your destination is new to you. Let family and friends know your travel route. Don’t forget your iPhone, cell phone, and charger or whatever you use. Put a pocket knife and a can of Wildfire pepper spray in the glove box for easy access.

Tip #3 – You may be aware of stories about lone drivers, often women, who have been attacked while driving; ergo flashing lights may not be legitimate. Any person can rig a car with police strobe lights plus a fake badge and uniform. If you feel you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t stop. Dial 911, drive to a hospital, open business, or park in a lighted house driveway, honk your horn and lock your doors. This ploy may save your life and a real police person will understand.

Tip #4 – This may seem an overkill but buy a small, cheap, water pistol, fill it with BLEACH, and keep in handy at all times meaning in your pocket or front seat. Nothing will put an attacker out-of-action quicker that a face-full of bleach.