Use the following checklists from the National Safety Council to make winter travel safer.

Prepare your car

  • Check ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and belts;
  • Change and adjust spark plugs;
  • Check fuel and emission filters and the PCV valve;
  • Inspect the distributor;
  • Check battery;
  • Check tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth; and
  • Check antifreeze level and the freeze line.

Carry emergency equipment:

  • A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack;
  • Shovel;
  • Jumper cables;
  • Tow and tire chains;
  • A bag of salt or cat litter; and 
  • Tool kit

Keep a survival kit in the car:

  • Working flashlight and extra batteries;
  • Reflective triangles and bright-colored cloth;
  • Compass;
  • First aid kit;
  • Exterior windshield cleaner;
  • Ice scraper and snow brush;
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container;
  • Scissors and string/cord;
  • Non-perishable, high energy foods like unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy; and 
  • Heavy woolen mittens, socks, cap and blankets

Also, have a charged cell phone with you if roads are treacherous.

Source: National Safety Council.

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