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Must-haves for your car in a snowstorm


Emergency Travel Kit:

Say we are going to get a big snow storm and for whatever reason, you need to travel somewhere. You're on a snow-covered road, loose control, and end up in a ditch. It's a big storm and you are quite a distance out of town… so what should you have in your car to help keep you safe?

Here is a list of items to pack the car with before winter weather hits:


  • flashlight
  • flares or reflective triangle
  • colored cloth or ribbon (to tie to the antenna)
  • distress sign
  • telephone change
  • first aid supplies
  • basic tools
  • a fully charged cell phone & a charger


Other recommended items are:

  • boots
  • hat
  • coat
  • gloves
  • jumper cables
  • carpet strips, sand or kitty litter for traction
  • ice scraper and brush
  • small shovel
  • blanket
  • nonperishable food / bottles of water (you need to keep up protein & fats to stay warm-trail mix, nuts, granola bars, chocolate, etc. are all good choices)


Maybe you are thinking, "Well, all I really need is a cell phone to call AAA". Just remember, if severe winter weather has broken out, it may take quite a bit of time for help to arrive and hypothermia becomes a danger. Also, what if you don't have a signal?


It might not be a bad idea to stick a sleeping bag in the trunk too (might as well).


(References: Road & Travel Magazine, AAA)


Here are the phone numbers to check road conditions on the highways in WV & VA:


            West Virginia: 511            Virginia: 1-866-695-1182

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