Your Tire Zoo crew works hard everyday to help keep families safe on the road. When you live in Minnesota, or anywhere in the upper Midwest, winter poses some extra road hazards for families, commuters, and transportation drivers. Staying safe and being ready for winter situations means keeping your tires in top notch condition AND assembling a winter survival kit to keep with you through the winter months.
While a winter survival kit in every vehicle is critical, many people opt to update it for the seasons and keep it stored in the trunk all year long.
Winter Survival Kit Ideas:
- Winter coat, hat, and gloves
- One or more blankets
- First-aid kit
- Non-perishable food such as granola bars, or crackers; even just some hard candy can help (If you have kids and allow eating in the car many of us could live for a couple days with what we find on the floor and between seats, don’t forget to check under the car-seat
- “Strike anywhere” matches in a water-tight container
- Candles and an empty coffee can to melt snow; a cup is a good idea as well
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Small tool kit or at least an all purpose tool
- Jumper cables
- Tow Rope
- Reflector Triangles
- List of Helpful Numbers: Insurance Company, AAA, Towing, Tire Zoo
The most important thing to remember is to stay safe. Minnesota weather makes this critical, as we endure snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. We’ll get your tire fixed in no time, but worry about “the right now.”
At the first sign of trouble it is important to pull your car off the road and away from other traffic.
The First Sign of Trouble
Unfamiliar Noise? Trouble steering or controlling the vehicle? Debris in the road?
If you happen to be on the interstate, head slowly for the exit ramp. On a rural road, look for a wide shoulder or field approach. Once you have stopped your vehicle, it is important to warn oncoming traffic that you are there. You can do this by turning your flashers on, as well as turning on your interior light. Also if you have them, use reflector triangles behind your vehicle; they are a good item to keep in your Minnesota Winter Survival Kit.
If you can not get off the highway and are not well versed in changing tires I would recommend calling a tow truck. (Another good item to have in your Minnesota Winter Survival Kit is a list of critical phone numbers). If you are in the metro area during rush hour times, another option would be to wait for a highway helper to stop by. If you are worried about safety or have children with you and weather/traffic conditions are dangerous, 911 is an option to guide you toward the best options for your situation and location.
Once you are safe, you can call us and we’ll help you get your tire fixed or replaced with a new or comparable used tire.
What’s your worst flat tire story? We’d love to hear from you.