While snow in the Florence, Alabama area is rare, it isn’t unheard of. They are saying this winter is going to be colder and snowier than most of the winters in history. If that happens to be true, you are going to need to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the potential of getting stuck in a snow bank or slipping off the road. Here are some of things that folks that are used to snow, make sure are in their vehicles during the winter months, just to be on the safe side.
Winter Must-Haves If You Get Snow
There are a few things that you definitely want in your trunk, if that snowfall does ever hit and you get stuck in it. Here are some of the things that you should put into a small duffle bag that stays in the trunk of your vehicle.
- You want a small shovel. If you ever get stuck, you can use that to help get your tires unstuck from the snow.
- You also want to have something that will give your tires grip for getting all the way out of whatever had you stuck. This can be a small bag of salt, a bit of chunky kitty litter, or even a little bit of pea gravel. Even a small zip-top bag can help you get unstuck from the side of the road somewhere.
- There should be a blanket in there. If you do ever get stuck, waiting for a tow truck can be a cold prospect, especially in a part of the country that is not used to getting cold weather. Make sure that you put a heavy blanket in that bag, just in case you end up needing it.
- Along with that blanket, an extra pair of gloves and an extra pair of socks can really help you keep toasty warm. Hopefully you don’t need them, but if something comes up, it’s better to have more than you need than less.
- Fluids for your engine are always important. You should have a quart of oil, a little transmission fluid, brake fluid, and anti-freeze (premixed) in that duffel bag. That way, if you get stuck because of an engine issue, you have the fix on you instead of having to wait.
- Something really bright that you can put outside your vehicle to get it noticed. This should be obnoxiously bright, ideally fabric, that you can hang out of your vehicle that will get noticed even in the snow. If it moves with the wind, that’s even better. Go with a neon orange, bright red, or a piercing purple if you have that around, and close it into the gap between the door and the car, or let it stick out the trunk to get people to see that you need help.
- A small portable winch is a great thing to have in case you ever get stuck. Run the cable from your car to the nearest tree or fence post, and pull your car right up out of the ditch.
- Road flares are another piece of equipment that you can put in that duffle bag that can get you noticed if you ever slip off the road. Make sure to store them safely and properly so they don’t spark if you ever get in an accident, however.
If you need help putting together these items, seek out your nearest Florence auto parts store. OakleyNapa has all of these auto parts and a few more that you can use to keep your vehicle safe and warm, no matter what Mother Nature has in store this winter.
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies. In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also carries Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City