Put the Happy Back in Your Holidays: Items to have in a car emergency kit
SPOKANE, Wash. — Millions of Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, kicking off what’s sure to be a busy holiday travel season. With so many people on the road this winter, you’re bound to run into bad weather or long delays at some point.
That’s why Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol says it’s especially important to get prepared now and stock up with an emergency kit for your car.
“Especially here in Eastern Washington because the weather can change at a moment’s notice,” Sevigney says. “We can have blue sky and sunshine and in the next hour, two inches of snow. So taking those small steps to be prepared really can mean everything.”
Sevigney tells KXLY you don’t have to pack much — and you probably have most of your emergency kit items laying around your house.
“An extra blanket, maybe some extra winter clothing, some snacks, some water,” Sevigney says. “You never know when something may happen and we have to close a roadway.”
A representative of AAA Washington also recommends packing flares, cat litter to combat icy roads, a small snow shovel, ice scraper, flashlight with new batteries, gloves, jumper cables and a cell phone charger.
It’s also important for drivers to make sure their cars are ready to face the elements this holiday season, says Sevigney — whether that means getting an oil change or new tires.
“It can be blue sky and sunshine and by the time you get to Moses Lake, it can be snowing sideways and visibility is reduced dramatically, so be prepared for that to occur and if it doesn’t occur, it’ll be an easy trip but if it does occur, mentally you’re prepared,” Sevigney says.
AAA projects 48.5 million Americans will take a road trip this Thanksgiving, up five percent from last year. If you’re heading westbound to Seattle, AAA expects the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to be the worst for travel as it could take twice as long to get to the west side. To check the latest travel alerts and conditions, we’ve gathered a bunch of resources for you here.
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