Winter weather is upon us, and many things can go wrong when we’re out on the roads.
So before you buckle up in your car to travel over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, you'll want to prepare for the worst and pack your winter driving emergency kit.
Here's a list of items that AAA recommends should be included in your car's winter weather driving kit, especially when conditions get bad:
- Cell phone and charger
- First-aid kit
- Flares or reflective triangles
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Ice scraper, snow brush and shovel
- Tire chains
- Tire gauge
- Bag of abrasive materials like sand, cat litter or traction mats
- Gloves, hats and scarves
- Basic tool kit
- Paper towels or rags
What to do if you get stranded this winter
And if you’re among the droves of nature lovers who will be out in full force this winter to take in the majestic and serene sights after winter snow falls, whether it be on a hike or a scenic drive in your car, then you’ll want to take the proper precautions to ensure your survival if you get lost along the way.
If you do get lost or stranded, remain calm and don't panic.
The U.S. Forest Service says the most important tool to your survival is maintaining a positive mental attitude.
And as soon as you realize you're stranded or stuck, stop moving. Panic is the greatest enemy, and that's where things can go downhill fast.
Then you should think about how you go to where you are, look for landmarks specific to your location and call for help.