Winter is here and as we all know winter transportation can mean coping with ice, snow, and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam.

  • Check antifreeze
  • Check and replace older batteries
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
  • Make sure automobiles contain the following emergency supplies to handle winter road hazards.
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • 2 liters jug of drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Pack supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency backpack in case you need to abandon your car.
  • When traveling by car, include emergency food and clothing for each traveler.

Be Prepared and Stay Safe.