Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

That four-letter word that all Washington drivers hate to hear *SNOW* has been mentioned in weather forecast this week, and with the holidays right around the corner, many Washingtonians will be crossing our mountain passes. AAA encourages everyone to put together a winter driving kit for your car. AAA recommends making sure you pack these 10 essential items in your winter driving kit in case you encounter snow and ice:

  1. Cell phone and charger for making emergency calls.
  2. Warning devices (flares, triangles or other visual alerts).
  3. First aid kit.
  4. Flashlight with new batteries.
  5. Non-perishable food and water.
  6. Blankets and warm clothing including hat and gloves.
  7. Jumper cables.
  8. Abrasive material (sand or cat litter) or traction mats and a small shovel.
  9. Ice/snow scraper for clearing car and windows.
  10. Tire chains.


AAA also recommends making sure your vehicle is ready for the challenge by checking your fluid levels, tire tread depth, and electrical system. For more information on winter driving, preparing your vehicle, and what to do if your vehicle starts skidding,  pick up a “How To Go On Ice and Snow” brochure at your local AAA office or go to and click on “Traffic Safety” to download a copy.

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