Packing a Roadside Emergency Kit for the Winter

You never know when an emergency will occur, so it’s important to pack a roadside emergency kit. You should always have the basics, like a spare tire, jumper cables, and a jack. However, there are also several things that you should include in case you get stranded. With cold weather right around the corner, it’s especially important to stay prepared.

According to the DMV, the first step is to tailor your kit to your environment. For example, with winter on its way, you should have an ice scraper, thick leather gloves, and a blanket. You should also include items that suit your family needs, such as diapers, dog treats, and a water bowl.

Next, pack a first aid kit. This should have gauze, Band-Aids, and antiseptic. It may also be necessary to include tweezers for splinters, a sewing kit in case someone needs emergency stitches, and an ace bandage to make a stent.

You should also pack non-perishable food and water. Most drinking water will last indefinitely, but it’s also a good idea to include water purification tablets in case you need to make fresh water. Non-perishable snacks are also essential; you can even get energy bars that have enough calories for a few days.

Finally, be prepared for if you get stuck in the snow or on a loose surface. Cat litter works great to provide tractions, and many companies also make special planks to provide traction on slippery surfaces.

If you need help putting together your emergency kit, feel free to reach out to us at Perillo Downers Grove.

Tips for Driving in Strong Winds

If you live near Chicago, like we do here at Downers Grove, you know that “The Windy City” isn’t a misnomer, especially in the colder months. Wind isn’t just an annoying inconvenience—it can make driving harder and, at times, dangerous. Here are some tips for driving in strong winds to keep you safer this fall and winter.

The key to successfully navigating driving in the wind is to be alert. You should always be on guard for big gusts of wind. If you’re ready for them, they’re less likely to throw you off course.

You want to keep your hands tight on the wheel so that you don’t lose control. Your car can get blown around in the wind easily, but you’ll quickly get control back if you have a firm grip on the wheel.

It’s also a good idea to be aware of larger vehicles around you and keep plenty of distance between yourself and them. Semi-trucks and other long, large vehicles are more prone to getting knocked around by gusts of wind, and you don’t want to be next to a semi when its back end gets blown into your lane.

For more tips for driving in heavy wind, give us a call today at Perillo Downers Grove.

Luxury Car Maintenance: High-End Vehicle Care Tips

Luxury car maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult. However, there are some important things to keep in mind. For example, you’ll need to use two separate cleaners if your leather seats are perforated or not. Additionally, you may need a special viscosity of oil if you’re changing it during the summer as opposed to the winter.

According to Road and Track, you should start with a quality car wash. Avoid using hard water, as this can leave marks, and always be sure to rinse off grit and dirt before washing with suds. Next, use only high-quality carwash detergent and wax and be sure to clean the undercarriage. Finally, always dry thoroughly to avoid water marks and try to avoid sunlight on days when you’re applying wax or scratch remover.

Next, apply a leather conditioner to your seats. Most luxury car owners already do this, but it’s important to mention that you should be extremely careful using conditioner on perforated leather, as it can get caught under the material. There are special oils and other solutions specifically designed for such occasions—a worthwhile investment.

Consider getting a headlight renewal kit if your luxury car is a bit dated. These kits can remove the dirt and grime that accumulates on headlights to give you improved vision. Additionally, some plastics react chemically to intense heat and light—one reason some lights turn yellow. A restoration kit is fairly simple to use, and it will have your car looking like new in no time.

These are just some of the basic luxury maintenance tips to keep in mind. For special care from experts, stop by Perillo Downers Grove.

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