With icy road conditions and more snow forecasted over the next 24 hours, the American Red Cross Northeast PA Region recommends making safety apriority if you need to travel on the road. Having an automobile preparedness kit in your vehicle at all times will not only come in handy but will also keep you safe in case you experience trouble on the roads. Peter M. Brown, Executive CEO said, “The best way to stay safe on the road is to be prepared in advance. Having an automobile preparedness kit and keeping it up-to-date is vital to traveling safely from one destination to the next. Of course, the Red Cross recommends staying off the roads during hazardous winter weather.”
What’s in a Vehicle Winter Preparedness Kit:
Two already-made kits available for purchase on redcross.org:
Both kits are affordably priced and can be easily kept in a vehicle’s glove box.
If driving is unavoidable, safety should be your number one priority. Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas and pay attention to the weather forecast for your travel route and destination. Buckle up, be alert and drive slowly with caution. In the event that your vehicle becomes disabled, keep the car running, make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and leave the window open a crack until help arrives. Additionally, know the differences between winter storm outlooks, advisories, watches and warnings.
People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.