What Should I Include in My Volkswagen’s Winter Survival Kit?

November 6th, 2016 by

Winter Survival Kit for Cars

Vermont is beautiful all year long, but it is especially gorgeous in the winter with all the snow-covered trees. As beautiful as that snow can be, it can make driving extremely dangerous. And it never fails that we find ourselves sliding into the ditch when we least expect it. Sometimes, it can take awhile for help to arrive—and when you are cold, it seems like an eternity. But if you prepare yourself by adding a winter survival kit to your Volkswagen, you can stay a little warmer until the tow truck comes.

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What Should I Add to My Winter Survival Kit?

There are a lot of items that you should keep in your Volkswagen vehicle’s trunk or cargo area, including:

  • Extra pairs of gloves
  • Extra socks (several pairs)
  • Extra pair of boots
  • Extra clothes
  • Reflective vest
  • Blankets (fleece, wool, or foil hypothermia)
  • Ice scrapers
  • Bag of sand, kitty litter, or carpet pieces (to be used for traction when stuck in snow)
  • Shovel
  • Spare cell phone and charger
  • A list of phone numbers of family, friends, and towing business that can help you
  • Good set of jumper cables
  • Heavy-duty rope
  • Tow straps (two)
  • Jack and lug wrench/tire iron
  • Road flares and matches
  • Knife or multi-tool pocket knife
  • Window Punch
  • Water
  • Food (MREs, jerky, nuts, protein bars, chocolate bars, dehydrated fruits and veggies)
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kit

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What Else Should I Do to Get My Volkswagen Ready for Winter?

Besides adding a survival kit, there are several tasks that we recommend doing before the snow flies, such as:

  1. Checking your tires for proper pressure and tread depth
  2. Changing the oil to a winter grade
  3. Switching the windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze

If you need any help with getting your Volkswagen ready for winter, schedule a service appointment with our service department! Our highly knowledgeable professionals will be more than happy to help you out!

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