Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

Article found on Washington State Department of Transportation Website

Be prepared pack an emergency car kit...
Make your own kit like this one or you can buy one at many local retail stores. Jumper cables to restart engine
Cat litter or sand for tire traction
Shovel to scrape snow away from tires
Ice scraper to clear windshield
Warm clothes gloves, a hat, sturdy boots, warm jacket and even a change of clothes
Blankets to keep warm inside the vehicle
Flashlights and extra batteries for increased visibility
First aid kit also pack necessary medications in case you are stuck on the road
Food pack items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars, also canned fruit and a portable can opener are good additions
Water bring enough for each person in your car and any pets
AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
Also consider...
Bring a fully charged cell phone if you have one with a list of emergency numbers (don't forget your phone charger)
Flares or reflective triangle
Make sure your gas tank is full
Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
If you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives

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