Winter Driving Kit

The holiday travel season is upon us which means it’s also time to prepare for inclement weather.  We on the West Coast may not see frequent snowstorms – at least in the valleys – but that doesn’t mean we’re not at risk of getting stuck out on the open road.  So, in the interest of survival, let’s revisit the idea of a Winter Driving Kit.  Here’s what ODOT suggests you keep in your vehicle at all times:

Make sure your vehicle is stocked with the following:

  • Rechargeable flashlight
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Extra food and water
  • Flares
  • Tools: jack, lug wrench, shovel
  • Road maps
  • Blanket/sleeping bag(s)
  • Extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches or lighter
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Paper towels
  • Extra washer fluid
  • Chains or traction tires
  • A full fuel tank

Source (and for more on winter driving): http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/winterdriving.shtml

Drive safely!

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