How to Build a Roadside Safety Kit

If you own and drive a car, roadside breakdowns are an unfortunate, but inevitable fact of life. They can happen to any vehicle, no matter how old, new, or recently serviced. And while any roadside trouble is a hassle, you can be prepared so that your next breakdown doesn’t become a disaster.

Having an emergency car kit is essential for anyone, at any time of the year. It can be especially important if you’re driving with young children or during bad weather. Here’s what to include in a roadside emergency kit in order to see you through most common breakdowns until you can either solve the problem, or assistance arrives.

A spare tire and car jack

Nearly every vehicle, whether it’s bought used or new, comes with a spare tire and a jack that will fit the car. If yours doesn’t have this vital equipment, make sure you get a spare and a jack right away. Flat tires are one of the most common roadside problems, but they’re also one of the easiest to remedy.

It’s important to know how to change a tire yourself, and to be familiar with how your vehicle’s jack works and where to place it. Many people rely on cell phones so they can call for emergency roadside assistance from AAA or a similar association, but if you end up with a flat tire somewhere that’s out of range for your phone, you could be waiting a long time for help.

First aid kit

Having a first aid kit stored permanently in your vehicle is helpful not only during roadside breakdowns, but in many situations. Make sure your first aid kit contains basic treatments for minor cuts and burns, an ice pack, bandages, and any other medical supplies you might need. You might also want to include over-the-counter pain relievers and any medication you or your family members rely on regularly.

Vehicle fluids

Fluid loss is another common occurrence during roadside breakdowns. Your car emergency kit should contain replacement antifreeze, oil, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid (to keep your windshield clear of ice if you break down during the winter). In some cases, replacing lost fluids can help you get your vehicle home or to a service station, even if it’s leaking out along the way.

Jumper cables or a portable jump starter

Many people experience roadside emergencies when their car battery drains. Losing battery power in your vehicle may be due to several problems, ranging from an aging battery to loose or corroded battery cables or from leaving the accessory switch on too long while running headlights to a bad alternator. In any case, you will often be able to get your vehicle running again by jumping the battery, though if the battery itself is bad or your alternator isn’t working, the charge may not hold for long. Once you’ve arrived safely, you should have your vehicle checked at a service station for the cause of the battery problems.

Having a set of jumper cables in your vehicle ensures that if someone stops to help, you’ll have a way to get your vehicle started again. However, while more expensive than cables, a portable jump starter or jump pack is a better solution. These portable power stations can charge a car battery without the need for another vehicle, and most of them include other power ports that let you plug in an electrical device or a USB cable handy for charging your phone in emergency situations.

Blankets and a water supply

In extreme cases you may have a roadside breakdown in poor weather or a remote location and you might not be able to get help for some time. Storing blankets and a supply of fresh water in your vehicle can ensure that everyone is as comfortable as possible in an emergency situation, and may even save lives.

Here at Westway Auto Body in Wisconsin, we wish you safe and prepared driving wherever your roads take you!

Spring and Summer Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

When there’s great weather in Wisconsin, everyone wants to go for a drive — especially newly licensed teens. If you’re a teen or the parent of a teen, it’s important to know the rules of the road along with some additional safety tips that can help inexperienced drivers prevent accidents.

Westway Auto Body wishes you a fun and safe summer of driving with these important safe driving ideas for teens.

Buckle up

Wearing a seatbelt is usually the first safety rule that comes to mind while driving, but many teens will skip it instead of clicking it. There is a myth that seatbelts might cause more harm in an accident, especially for back seat passengers — but the fact is that seatbelts save lives.

Important statistic: 60 percent of fatal accidents for 16- to 20-year-olds involve the victims not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Put the phone away

Both talking and texting on a cell phone while driving are highly distracting, especially for inexperienced drivers. Keep in mind that if someone calls or texts you while you’re driving, it’s not important enough to get injured or die for. You can wait to answer until you’ve stopped.

Important statistic: Distraction kills 11 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal accidents.

It’s a speed “limit” for a reason

Many young adults feel the impulsive need to speed, or simply don’t pay attention to how fast they’re going. But following the speed limit is vital — even if your speeding doesn’t cause an accident, another driver may make a mistake and you won’t be able to slow down to avoid a collision.

Important statistic: 37 percent of male drivers between the ages of 10 and 20 involved in fatal accidents were speeding.

Never drink and drive

Alcohol impairs your ability to react, even if you “just” have one drink. And alcohol even in small amounts affects teens more quickly and stronger than it does adults. In addition, the legal blood alcohol limit for teen drivers is zero percent — so if you manage to avoid an accident, but get pulled over, you’ll be facing stiff fines and jail time.

Important statistic: One out of every three fatal accidents involves a driver who is alcohol impaired.

Limit your passengers

In the summer especially, the temptation is strong to pile all of your friends in the car and head for fun. The problem is that a car full of teens is a huge distraction for the inexperienced driver — not to mention the urge to “show off” and take risks. Limit the number of teen passengers in your car. The risk of a fatal crash is directly related to that number, and you’ll want both yourself and your friends to arrive alive.

Important statistic: With three or more teen passengers, the fatal crash risk for teen or beginning drivers is 4 times higher than the risk for a solo teen driver.

Restrict your night driving

Driving when you’re tired is dangerous for anyone and especially for an inexperienced driver. Exhaustion can impair your reactions as much as alcohol, and that’s a risk you don’t want to take. Avoid driving long distances at night, or driving home from a very late activity if possible. The later it gets, the more dangerous the drive.

Important statistic: 17 percent of fatal teen crashes in 2010 occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight and 24 percent of them occurred between midnight and 6 a.m.

Spring Driving Hazards to Watch For in Wisconsin

Now that the weather is warmer, Wisconsin drivers have a whole new crop of driving hazards to watch out for. Safe driving practices should be followed year round — not just in the winter! Here at Westway Auto Body, we’d like to share these tips for safe spring driving in Wisconsin that will help protect you and your vehicle.

Rain

You may feel safer with the slippery snow and slush of winter behind you, but it’s important to remember that rain can be just as dangerous. In fact, rain is the cause of nearly half of all weather-related accidents. Spring rains in particular can make for slippery roads, thanks to oil and other fluids that leak from winter-damaged vehicles. There’s also usually more rain for a longer time in the spring, which can lead to puddles and standing water that cause hydroplaning, especially if your tires aren’t in great shape.

Potholes

After several months of extreme temperatures, the spring thaw can leave potholes behind. Hitting potholes at high speeds can do a number on your tires and hubcaps, undercarriage, axles, mufflers and shocks, not to mention your nerves. The best strategy is to stay alert and avoid hitting potholes all together. If that’s not possible, you should safely slow down when approaching, and roll through the pothole rather than braking rapidly.

Animals

During the spring, animals become more active and you’re apt to see a lot more of them crossing the road. Hitting an animal is not only distressing, it can be very damaging to your car, especially in Wisconsin where you might hit a deer or even a bear crossing the road. Be alert for animals while driving, particularly at dawn and dusk when they are most active. If you see one, make sure to brake safely by checking rearview mirrors and coming to a complete stop if needed. Avoid swerving, which causes the most animal-related accidents.

Bikes and motorcycles

Nice weather is also a time when more people in Wisconsin are out riding bikes and motorcycles. Be aware and alert to riders and remember that your vehicle can’t stop as fast as a lighter motorcycle or bike so don’t tailgate these riders.

Keep your vehicle safe this spring

Two of the most important components you should check on after the winter are your wipers and your tires. Windshield wipers wear down through the winter and are not likely to be able to keep your windshield clear when it’s raining, so get them replaced as soon as possible. You should also check your tires for good tread and proper inflation, which decreases the risk of hydroplaning in wet weather, makes it easier to stop suddenly, and can even improve your gas mileage.

Happy spring and safe driving from Westway Auto Body!

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

Spring is a welcome break from the cold and the right time to give your car a thorough checking over so you can repair or prevent any damage from winter. Road salt, slush and cold temperatures can affect many parts of your vehicle. Fortunately, with a few spring cleaning steps, you can repair minor damage and get your car in great shape to match the upcoming weather.

Give your car a thorough cleaning

Running your vehicle through a car wash after the winter is a good idea. But, once the snow and slush is gone for good, you should aim for a deeper clean. For the exterior, wash everything, including the underbody which can become corroded and rusty if winter salt and sand clings for too long. Once it’s clean, a fresh coat of wax will help protect your paint and make it easier for your car to shake off spring rains.

There are more areas you can clean under the hood. With the engine completely cool, remove any leaves or debris from under-hood components and use soapy water and a soft mitt to wipe down the engine itself. You can also clean crusty white residue from your battery using baking soda and water on a toothbrush.

Finally, don’t forget the interior. After all that salty wet slush and mud has been tracked through your vehicle, the material on your floors and seats are at risk for damage. Use rug-cleaning spray and a car vacuum, or rent a steam cleaner and freshen up your seats and floors.

Replace non-metal components as needed

Winter conditions can crack and erode exterior vehicle parts that aren’t metal. Spring is often the right time to replace windshield wiper blades that have been working hard for months and are now worn down.

Your tires may also need replacing. Look at the tire tread for general wear or uneven spots and keep in mind that bald tires are just as bad in the spring since your vehicle can hydroplane on rainy Wisconsin days. If your tires are still good tread-wise, make sure you check the tire pressure for proper inflation. Soft tires can affect your MPG and are also more prone to blowouts.

Spring car checklist

Finally, you’ll want to make sure that your vehicle is in top mechanical condition. Some things to check after the winter include:

  • Battery: If you have accumulated dirt or grime on your battery posts get them cleaned to ensure your battery keeps working properly. You can also test your battery’s charge level and replace it if needed.
  • Fluids: Check your fluid levels, including windshield wiper fluid, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and antifreeze. Top off as required and if anything seems unusually low, ask a mechanic to check for other problems.
  • Belts and hoses: Inspect these components thoroughly as winter temperatures and conditions can cause worn spots, cracks or breaks.
  • Alignment: Driving in the winter can be tough on your vehicle. If your car shakes or pulls to one side it may be time to have your alignment readjusted.

Here at Westway Auto Body, we wish you a warm and safe spring with a vehicle in great condition. Happy driving!

Emergency Roadside Repairs You Should Learn

Breaking down by the side of the road or in a parking lot can be a long and incredibly stressful experience. But, you may be surprised to learn that with a simple tool kit and a little knowledge you can handle quite a few emergency car repairs yourself — without having to call and wait for a tow truck.

Be aware that these are temporary fixes and you’ll still need to have a mechanic repair the problem permanently. However, these quick car fixes are often enough to get you on your way.

Your emergency tool kit

Keep a set of basic tools along with a few handy odds and ends in your vehicle for roadside repairs. These tools should include:

  • An adjustable wrench
  • A torque wrench
  • Socket and ratchet set
  • Screwdrivers (Phillips and flat head)
  • Pliers
  • Car jack (usually comes with the car)
  • Duct tape and Rescue Tape
  • Wire coat hanger and plastic zip ties
  • Garbage bags

Securing a broken window

With the obvious exception of your windshield you can secure a broken window using garbage bags and duct tape until you’re able to get it fixed. If possible, use a thicker contractor bag.

For this fix, cut the bag to fit the window, and then tape in place, starting with the top edge. Once the top is secure, place a strip of tape across the bottom edge and pull the bag down as tightly as possible before securing the tape. Finally, tape the sides.

Repairing a blown radiator hose

Radiator hoses may blow with age or overheating. If your hose has blown toward the end, you may be able to open the clamp, cut the damaged portion of the hose and re-secure with the clamp. Hose clamps are straightforward — simply turn the screw counterclockwise to open and clockwise to close and tighten.

If the damage occurs too far from the end of the hose to re-clamp, create a patch by wrapping the hose with Rescue Tape, a self-fusing silicon wrap that can withstand high pressures and temperatures. Remember to wait until your car is completely cooled before working with the radiator.

Securing a dragging exhaust

The clamps and rubber hangers that hold your exhaust system in place beneath your car can become worn over time and may break, which results in your muffler or pipes dragging on the ground. This not only causes sparks, but also risks having your exhaust system torn out — along with other, more expensive parts.

For a temporary fix, use an unwound wire hanger or a piece of stout wire to hold your exhaust system in place. Be sure to wait until the vehicle is cooled down before you begin. Place the wire beneath the heaviest hanging part — often the muffler — and twist either end around the vehicle frame or other non-moving parts of the undercarriage.

Here at Westway Auto Body, we wish you safe driving on all of your travels!

Top Money-Saving Tips for Wisconsin Drivers

In today’s economy, everyone is interested in saving money — but how economical are you when it comes to your car? Westway Auto Body is pleased to offer you these tips that can save you hundreds each year on your vehicle.

Tips for saving on gas

The cost of gas just seems to keep going up. As you pay more at the pump, implement these fuel-efficient tips to make each fill-up last longer.

  • If your car is idle for long periods of time, turn off the engine. Idling used to be a better choice, because cars required more fuel to start up than to keep running. But, modern engines no longer need that big infusion of gasoline to start.
  • Plan ahead when you’re running errands. Instead of driving out and back several times, group your errands together and get as much done as possible in a single trip.
  • Whenever possible, carpool with family or friends to save fuel.
  • If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, put the engine in neutral while you’re stopped at red lights.
  • Pay attention to gas prices. Gas stations are highly competitive, and the cost per gallon can fluctuate several times a day as stores in the same area raise or lower prices against each other. Watch gas stations in your area for weekly specials or “fuel club” cards that let you save per gallon every time you fill up.
  • Keep up with proper car maintenance, such as oil changes and tire pressure, to maintain optimal fuel efficiency.

Tips for saving on car repairs

Sticking to a good maintenance schedule for your vehicle is the best way to avoid costly repairs — not to mention lost time and additional expenses for towing if your vehicle breaks down. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to learn how often your oil should be changed. Most will recommend an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Tune-ups are another regular maintenance step for vehicles, although they don’t need to be done as often. You should get a tune-up for your car every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. This includes a series of checks for belts, hoses, and other components, as well as replacement of your spark plugs, fuel filter, and other parts that have worn down over time.

Finally, keeping your vehicle clean inside and out will keep your resale value high and help to prevent body damage from rust and corrosion.

Tips for saving on vehicle-related expenses

You may not have considered poor driving habits as a waste of money. But, the fact is, they can cost you. Refraining from speeding will keep you from getting costly speeding tickets (and will also improve your fuel efficiency!).

Distracted driving is another high-cost habit. Resolve to end distracted habits on the road, such as using a cell phone or eating. Pay attention to the road, so you can avoid not only costly, but potentially devastating accidents.

We hope these useful tips will help you save money and keep your vehicle in great shape for years to come. Happy driving, Wisconsin!

Congratulations Wisconsin: 2013 a Banner Year for Safe Driving

In the state of Wisconsin, 2013 has been the safest year on the roads since World War II. Currently, the state’s Department of Transportation reports that during all of 2013, there were 519 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the state of Wisconsin.

That number is well below the 2012 total of 601 motor vehicle deaths and comes in under the previous record year since the 1940s which was 542 deaths in 2009.

Wisconsin drivers are getting safer. According to law enforcement officials, part of the lowered number of fatalities is due to police traffic safety efforts that include stricter enforcement and greater education about risky driving behaviors such as drunk driving and not wearing seat belts.

Here at Westway Auto Body, we’d like to see that number drop even more in 2014. The New Year is a great time to review these defensive driving tips that could save your life while you’re on the road.

Avoid Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents today. While you’re driving, there are a number of things that can distract you from the road, including passengers or loud talking, eating, putting on makeup, and especially texting or talking on hand held cell phones.

In the state of Wisconsin, laws for cell phone use while driving include:

  • All drivers are banned from texting while driving
  • Drivers with probationary licenses or permits are banned from all cell phone use, including handheld and hands-free phones, except in cases of emergency
  • Hands-free and handheld cell phone use is permitted for experienced drivers

Of course, the best and safest course of action is to refrain from using cell phones at all while you’re driving.

Be Aware of Other Drivers

Another good defensive driving tip is to pay attention to the vehicles around you in addition to your own. It’s good to stay in one lane as much as possible while driving because many accidents happen during lane changes. This means you should also keep an eye on other vehicles that are changing lanes and be prepared to react if they fail to see you.

Learn how to tell where other drivers’ blind spots are, so you can be extra cautious while driving in another vehicle’s blind spot.

Keep Your Distance

Tailgating is another common cause for accidents. When you’re following another vehicle too closely, you have very little room to avoid a collision if the driver ahead of you suddenly slows, stops or attempts to change lanes. Leave at least three car lengths between you and the next vehicle and give yourself more room if you have a large, heavy vehicle like a truck or a van.

In addition, you should keep as far away as possible from a driver who appears to be driving erratically or dangerously. Slow down to let them pass you, or leave yourself a lot of distance if you must pass them.

Use Common Sense

Finally, make sure to follow the common sense advice that prevents accidents. Always wear your seat belt, slow down in poor weather conditions, and never drink and drive.

Here’s to an even safer year on the roads and highways of Wisconsin!

Is Your Child’s Car Seat Ready for the Holidays?

For many Wisconsin families, the holidays are a time of traveling. If you have young children, it’s especially important to make sure they’re safe during travel through potentially hazardous winter driving conditions with the right type of car seats in good condition.

This checklist will help you make sure your child’s car seat is safe, legal and ready to go for the busy holiday season.

Child Car Seat Laws in Wisconsin

Car seat laws and regulations vary from state to state. In Wisconsin, the general guidelines are that when traveling, children must be in a car seat until they are at least 4 years old and weigh 40 pounds. Following car seat use, children must be in a booster seat until they are 8 years old, weigh more than 80 pounds, or are more than 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Specific rules include:

  • Children less than 1 year old or weighing less than 20 pounds must be in a rear-facing car seat, placed in the back seat if the vehicle has one.
  • Children who are at least 1 year old and 20 pounds, but under 4 years old or 40 pounds, must be in either a forward-facing or rear-facing child seat, placed in the back seat if the vehicle has one.
  • Children between 4 and 8 years old, between 40 and 80 pounds, and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall must be in either a forward-facing or rear-facing child seat, or a booster seat.
  • Children who can’t be transported in a child safety seat due to medical condition, physical disability or body size can be transported without a child seat, provided the driver carries proof of physician approval.

Finding the Right Car Seat for Your Child

There are a few guidelines that can help you choose the best safety seat for your child. The seat should be comfortable and suitable for your child’s current age and size, it should fit well in your vehicle and you should be able to install and use the seat correctly in all situations.

Rear-facing seats are the safest for very young children. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA) recommends that your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until at least 2 years of age and as long as possible within the limits of the safety guidelines for the seat.

When it’s time to choose a forward-facing seat for your child, you’ll find a lot of options out there. Some include built-in features like cup holders and storage spaces to help older children entertain themselves in the car. Choose one that comes with harnesses that fit your child snugly but comfortably.

Replacing a Child Seat after a Crash

Should you get a new car seat if you’re involved in a collision? The NHTSA recommends that child safety seats be replaced after a moderate or severe crash. In the event of minor crashes, your child’s car seat may not need to be replaced if the collision meets all of these conditions:

  • The vehicle could be driven from the crash site
  • The door nearest to the child seat wasn’t damaged
  • None of the vehicle’s occupants were injured
  • No air bags deployed
  • The car seat has no visible damage

Check your child’s car seat for safety during this busy traveling season, and happy holidays to you and your family from Westway Auto Body!

4 Collision Repair Insurance Myths

Being involved in an auto collision can be a frightening experience. Once you’ve gotten past the initial shock of the accident itself and the aftermath, you have to start worrying about the next step—getting your vehicle repaired.

You’ve probably heard nightmare stories about insurance companies and collisions. Everyone knows someone who’s gotten a bad deal from their auto insurance carrier following an accident, from unprocessed claims to shoddy repairs to a complete refusal to take care of the problem.

Fortunately, there are a lot of common myths out there about collision repair insurance, and you can make sure that your auto insurance company takes care of everything so you can get your vehicle back and return your life to normal.

Myth #1: You have to use the repair shop the insurance company chooses

Some insurance companies try to tell their policy holders that repairs for vehicles involved in collisions will only be covered if they’re done at approved auto body shops. They may refer you to a network of preferred providers—who have often made deals with the insurance company in exchange for more business. Or the carrier may present you with a list of direct repair options.

This claim is not only false, it’s illegal. Auto insurance carriers must uphold the insured drivers’ right to choose their own preferred collision repair shop, and the repairs must still be covered by the insurance company.

Myth #2: You have to use the repair shop with the lowest bid

This myth is related to myth #1, in that insurance companies want to pay the lowest amount possible on claims. While that may be true, you still have the right to choose any collision repair shop you want to work with, and have it covered by your insurance provider.

In fact, opting for the lowest bid is often not in your best interests. Some repair shops may offer lower prices, and provide substandard service and parts that will create safety risks with your vehicle.

Myth #3: After the insurance company issues a check, you have to pay out of pocket for additional charges

As part of the claims process, insurance companies typically send an appraiser to create an estimate of the damage and the repairs that will be required. However, an estimate is never exact—that’s why it’s called an estimate.

If your collision repair shop finds additional damage during the repair process, they will notify the insurance company that further work will be required. Most large collision repairs wind up having at least one addition to the original estimate, and sometimes more, depending on the extent of the damage.

Myth #4: If your chosen shop’s estimate is higher than the insurance company’s estimate, you have to pay the difference.

Again, this is not true. Wisconsin state law requires auto insurance carriers to negotiate in good faith with collision repair shops, and arrive at an agreed-upon price for the repairs. Professional repair shops will act as advocates for their customers, and work directly with insurance companies to ensure fair coverage.

If you’re involved in a collision, you don’t have to fear your insurance company. When it comes to collision repair shops, you always have a choice.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter in Wisconsin

It’s that time of the year again. Even though summer temperatures are hanging around, it’s not too early to prepare for another winter. In Wisconsin, you never know what the weather will be, so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready to take on anything that nature sends your way.

Winterizing your car, truck, SUV, or van can take a while, so it’s good to get an early start. Here are some preparations you can make to ensure safe winter driving, and help to prolong the life of your vehicle through rough weather conditions.

Pay attention to your tires

When it comes to safe winter driving, there are few things more important than having good tires. If you live in southern Wisconsin, especially the Lake Superior snowbelt, snow tires are a great investment. These tires have extra-deep tread to help keep you from slipping and sliding on snow-covered or icy roads.

At the least, you should consider new all-weather radials with a good tread, no matter where you live. You should also make sure that your tires are inflated to the proper PSI (pounds per square inch)—colder temperatures contract the air and cause air pressure in your tires to drop.

Winterizing under the hood

Before winter sets in, you should make sure to have everything in your vehicle’s engine compartment checked for wear or damage that could lead to serious problems when the temperatures fall. If you’ve been putting off an oil change or tune-up, now is the time to have your vehicle serviced.

Other items to check under the hood include:

  • Radiator: Make sure you have at least a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water, as a higher water content can freeze in the radiator and cause damage. You should also check radiator hoses for cracks or other signs of wear.
  • Belts and hoses: Inspect all of your vehicle’s hoses and belts, to make sure they’re in good condition and not ready to burst or snap in cold weather.
  • Fluids: Check all fluid levels, including the radiator, transmission, engine oil, brake fluid, and windshield washer reservoir. Top off or change fluids as needed.
  • Battery: Car batteries are less efficient in cold temperatures, and older batteries may not be able to start your engine when it’s cold. If your battery is more than 3 years old, have it tested for charge capacity and replace if needed.

Winter preparations for your vehicle’s interior

While the mechanical aspects of your car are essential for winterization, you should also prepare the interior for poor weather conditions. Snow, slush, and road salt tracked through your vehicle can not only damage the carpets, but may also erode the flooring beneath. Removable floor mats are a good solution for protecting your vehicle’s interior.

Finally, put together a roadside emergency kit to keep in your vehicle for the winter. Include items that will help you survive freezing weather if your car breaks down by the side of the road, and get back on the road faster if possible. Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Blankets or extra clothing
  • Jumper cables or a portable jump station
  • Flashlight, flares, and waterproof matches
  • A first-aid kit
  • Non-perishable food, such as energy bars or trail mix
  • An ice scraper and small shovel
  • Bags of sand or kitty litter to provide extra traction for stuck vehicles

Getting a head start on preparing your vehicle for winter will help you head into the season with peace of mind, knowing that you’re ready for any Wisconsin weather.