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Mother Nature can make traveling during the winter months a challenge. Have you prepared your vehicle? Do you have an emergency kit in your car? The AAA Auto Club recommends a vehicle check up in the fall to check all systems to make sure they are prepared to work when the temperature drops. They also suggest a winter driving kit with the following emergency supplies:
- A bag of sand, salt or kitty litter
- A small snow shovel
- A snow brush and ice scraper
- Traction mats
- A flashlight
- Window washing fluid
- Booster cables
- Warning flares
- Gloves, mittens and a blanket
- A cell phone
- A battery powered or hand crank radio
In addition, carry a first aid kit and a supply of food and water just in case you get stuck. Granola bars, energy bars, or dried fruit and nuts can be good choices.
If you do get stuck experts recommend that you stay in your car, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light. Make sure to clear the exhaust pipe if you run your car for a short time to stay warm.
Don’t get caught unprepared; plan for your safety now.
Additional information is available at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/SafeDriving.pdf
Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley wants you to be safe this winter.