CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You’ve probably stocked your home with all the winter storm essentials, but if you have to be on the roads Friday, it’s important to make sure your car is ready, too.
A spooky scenario in Virginia with cars stranded for hours in freezing temperatures is now a reminder that with a winter storm coming our way, it’s important to equip your car for these conditions.
Mary Maguire of AAA Northeast told 22News: “This is something that we don’t plan to happen, but when it does, we are very grateful to make sure we have the essentials with us that can. make us run aground in bad weather, in the snow when it’s cold a little more bearable. “
Some basic AAA articles suggest that you should always have in your car:
- A charged laptop
- First aid kit
- Drinking water and snacks
- A flashlight with additional new batteries
- Rags, paper towels or wipes
- Set of basic tools, tape, flares
- Ice scraper
- Jump cables
- Traction aids such as sand, salt and even kitty litter will work
- Raincoat, gloves
- Above all, a shovel
Sarah Drucker returns home to Great Barrington before the storm hits, “I always keep the essentials like a brush in the trunk. My mom always tells me to dress warmly before driving in a storm, just in case my car crashes. down, I’m ‘I’m not stuck in a t-shirt.’
AAA urges people to avoid driving whenever there is a winter storm, but if you must drive, be sure to take your time on the roads.