According to a CarMax survey, three-quarters of American drivers are unprepared for winter weather. In the Northeast, which often experiences the worst winter weather, only 35 percent report that they drive with a winter emergency kit.
Before heading out on any trip, make sure your vehicle is running properly by having it inspected and serviced. Make sure young drivers know what to do in case of emergency.
Pack a Kit
Get these supplies together for a car emergency kit. A winter emergency kit should include:
2. Jumper cables
3. First-aid kit
4. Flares or hazard triangles
5. Warm clothes, gloves and a blanket
6. Ice scraper
7. Snow shovel
8. Kitty litter—for traction on slick roadways
9. Extra washer fluid
10. Food and bottled water
11. Cell phone car charger
It’s a good idea to have these supplies when you are renting a car, too; if you are driving to a ski resort or other wintry location, you don’t want to get stuck without a shovel.
This list was offered by CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars.