Keep Your Vehicle Safe on Winter Roads

7 Items to Keep in Your Vehicle to Remain Safe on Roads this Winter

Like it or not, winter is just about here, and traveling on roads can be a little more dangerous this time of year. The threat of icy roads is more of a northern concern, but there are perils of traveling in South Texas as well. Heavy rains and crowded streets can become a problem for drivers this winter, and there are a few items you should keep at all times in your vehicle.

Contact our McAllen office today so you can get the protection you need for driving worry-free this winter.

Jumper Cables

We’ve all dealt with a dead car battery at some point. Having a pair of jumper cables on hand can get you out of a tight spot if you happen to be pulled over to the side of a dangerous roadway. Remember to connect the cables accordingly (red to positive and black to negative) to avoid electrically damaging your vehicle. Also, NEVER touch the bolts of jumper cables when electricity is running through them.

Spare Tire and Jack

This seems like a no-brainer, but a quick look in the trunk or under your truck or SUV will let you know if changing your tire is an option. Be sure to also check if a jack and crowbar are in your vehicle since changing a tire is impossible without them.

Tow Rope or Chains

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting stuck in mud. If you’re alone and find yourself unable to get your car free from mud or sand, a towrope or chain can help you out. Just be extra cautions when being towed as incorrectly applying a rope or chain can result in your car suffering damage. If you are stuck somewhere where no help is available, contact your insurer for towing services or authorities.


Having a flashlight is always good to keep handy. If you have to connect jumper cables or change a tire at night, you will be thankful for a light in your hand. Just remember to keep an extra set of batteries for it, possibly in your glove box or other storage compartment. Also, a flashlight can be used to signal other motorists if you happen to have a dead battery or suffered a car wreck at night.

First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen anywhere. If you or a passenger have suffered injury following a wreck, a first aid kit can help treat wounds while emergency services head your way. Be sure that your kit contains rubbing alcohol, gauze, bandages, burn ointment and cotton swabs.

Road Flares

This is important if you are pulled over to the side of a road at night after dealing with car problems. Road flares are light and easy to store and can come in a time of need, especially if you are stuck somewhere where with little to no light.

Phone Charger

Our smartphones are a part of our daily lives because they have so many uses. A USB mobile device charger can keep your phone charged in case you happen to be stranded somewhere. A phone is also extremely useful if you happen to have suffered a car accident. Immediately call 911 if you’ve found yourself in a car wreck.

Keeping You Covered

Despite everything we’ve covered, nothing is more important for your vehicle than auto insurance. Coverage can help you pay for an accident or rent a temporary vehicle while yours is being repaired. At Shepard Walton King, we are committed to our customers and continually strive to find the insurance coverage that’s best for you. Contact our insurance Agency in McAllen today to learn what we can do for you.

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