Your Corner Wrench: The haves and have nots for winter emergency kits, part two

first_imgTrending in Canada And I’m not the only one who has given up. Not that many decades ago, there was no such thing as a vehicle HVAC system that let you split the air flow between the defrost and floor vents, but now due to demand (probably from summer-shoe wearers) it’s standard in everything on four wheels. But seeing that it’s obviously a major hassle to shun fashion and embrace survival on winter roads, keep a few things in the trunk on hand for when you’re standing outside waiting for a road-size assistance vehicle. Warm winter boots, sturdy lined work-gloves, a tuque, and warm jacket come to mind. A pair of snow-pants will also come in handy if you have to get down and low to clear out snow or apply some traction aid. Don’t forget to include some reflective items to make sure you can be seen. Reflective vests are available for less than $20 and are light and easily fold up to small package sizes.Lights. Murphy’s Law dictates that if you break down or slide off a winter road, it will happen on the darkest night of the year. Smartphone lights are great, but hard to pinpoint their focus and seldom have any useful range. A road-side lantern with a good spot light as well as some type of amber flasher is more than handy; it can help to prevent collisions. If you want a truly Swiss army knife-type light, consider a 12-volt air compressor with a long cord and lights (readily available at most auto parts stores). This way you’ve combined two necessities into one package that can provide year-round assistance.   RELATED TAGSNews ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Yes I left washer fluid off the list. If you really need to be reminded about that, perhaps it’s time to get a bus pass. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Last week we started a discussion on how not to go overboard when equipping our rides for winter excursions; specifically what and what not to carry in the trunk or cargo area in case of emergencies. It’s important, so let’s go over more of what you need and don’t need in your trunk for winter. Tow ropes. These can do more damage than they will save and unless you’re very experienced in using them, leave them on the auto-parts store shelves. It’s one thing to take the time and effort to learn exactly where to hook them on your own vehicle but quite another matter to be able to master this on someone else’s ride (especially in a snow-filled ditch, in a storm, at night). Hook them in the wrong spot and you can easily and completely tear off a bumper cover or worse. If you’re in need of confirmation and/or a good laugh, search on YouTube for ‘amateur towing fails’.Winter clothing. OK, I’ve given up on this one. My go-to advice was always, dress for the weather even if you’re driving. Standing outside in a blizzard with wind-chills that would freeze (insert your own favourite item) instantly in summer shoes and light dress pants or worse, is simply an invitation for frost-bite. Take a look around you at your fellow commuters on a -30 day and you’ll find more than a few dressed like they’re headed to the beach. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 You never know when a good tow rope will come in handy for winter; either to get you out of a snowbank or lend a hand to others in need. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videoslast_img

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