Although we offer the best Mercedes repair in Chicago, there are times when you might not be able to reach us, especially during winter when driving conditions can be ugly. To help you deal with those winter emergencies, here’s our list of nine essentials we think you must have in your car for the hazards of winter driving.

Long-handled ice scraper

Needed for cleaning snow or ice off your windshield, windows, mirrors, and lights before driving.

Phone charger and power bank

To avoid being stuck with a dead cell phone, make sure you have a phone charger, plus a portable power bank. The charger won’t help if your car won’t start, and that’s when you most need the power bank to recharge your phone.

Folding shovel

If you’re stuck, a shovel can save the day. To avoid lugging around a full-sized shovel, go for a good quality folding one. You can find carbon steel models online for under $20.

Bag of sand or kitty litter

Beneficial for a couple of reasons. First, the added weight in the truck helps your car gain traction on slippery roads. Second, the sand or kitty litter can be poured around your tires to provide traction if you’re stuck in snow, slush, or ice.


Useful for signaling passing vehicles, rummaging through the truck or working under the hood. Also a huge help if you have to walk after dark to get help.

Hazard triangles

These give approaching drivers a “heads up,” letting them know there’s a problem ahead and giving them time to slow down before ramming your vehicle.

Blankets and cold-weather clothes

Keep some blankets in your truck along with some old sweatshirts, thick pants and socks you don’t mind storing there during the winter season. And stuff a warm hat and gloves or mittens in the glove box.

Snacks and water

It’s rare but possible to be stuck for days during a blizzard. Have a stash of non-perishable food and bottles of water, just in case.

Jumper cables

Low temperatures put an additional strain batteries, so be sure to have jumper cables in your truck, especially if your battery is more than three years old.

With these basics, you’ll be ready for problems on the winter roads. And as we said, for the best Mercedes repair in Chicago, come see us at Chicago Motors.