Handling a Winter Roadside Emergency

Almost everyone will need an emergency tow service at some point in their lives. Knowing how bad the roads can get here in Milwaukee, it is important to know how to handle a winter emergency. Below are some tips to help you through any winter roadside emergency.

Way before you ever get put in a situation where you need to call a tow service, you will want to prepare yourself for possible being stranded on the side of the road. Not all tow companies can get to you as quick as Sunoco Chemicals. Many times, a tow truck can take hours to get to where you are. Because of this, you will want an auto survival kit available in your vehicle always. Here is what it should include:

  • Our Emergency 24 hour phone number
  • Battery powered charger for your phone
  • Warm clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Extra blankets
  • Flares and a flashlight
  • Emergency food and water

There are things that you should and shouldn’t do in the event you have a winter breakdown. First, always stay in your vehicle. Never go wandering off in an area you are unfamiliar with to search for a repair shop that may or may not exist in that area. When your car breaks down, you get a release of adrenaline. This often gives people the urge to go out in the snow and cold. You need to fight that desire or you could easily get lost, resulting in hypothermia, frostbite, or being eaten by a coyote.

You will also want to conserve the resources you do have. There is no telling how long you may be out there waiting for help. If you drink all your water or eat all your food, you may regret it later. Also, conserve the battery in your phone. Don’t post on Facebook or play games that suck the life from your battery. You may need your phone again if the towing company doesn’t get to you quickly so you can call another company.

Hopefully, you will never have to deal with a winter breakdown but, if you do, be sure you are prepared ahead of time.