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Playing it safe on winter roads

A winter wonderland commonly comes with fun festivities and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also come with winter storms and icy roads. These winter driving safety tips can help you keep safe on the road this winter.

1. Keep jumper cables or battery booster cables on hand. Sometimes you need a little jump when the temperature drops. A portable jumpstarter is a lightweight and powerful way to instantly jump – start your vehicle without the need of another vehicle. It also fits easily in the backseat or trunk of your car.

2. Include a pocket knife for added tools. Keep it along with a first aid kit and double check your kit is fully supplied. A Swiss Army pocket knife includes all the tools you might need if you get stranded: large blade, small blade, can opener with small screwdriver, bottle opener with large screwdriver, scissors, pliers with wire cutter, Phillips screwdriver and more.

3. Dress warmly by wearing layers of lightweight clothing. Also have an extra set of mittens, socks and a hat in the car in case you or a passenger forget them.

4. Flashlights with extra batteries are always great to have on hand. It gets dark early this time of year, be prepared if you need an extra light.

5. Have a distress sign, a brightly colored cloth, reflectors, or combination of the three in your vehicle if you get stuck and have to wait for help. Reflectors or even flares are advised in cases of harder snow. A warning triangle is great to place near your stranded vehicle for safety and visibility.

6. Have extra blankets or sleeping bags in the back or trunk. These will provide extra warmth if stranded.

7. Find a small shovel you can keep specifically in your car at all times.

8. Create a medium bag of kitty litter, sand, or carpet strips to have in case you get stuck. You can sprinkle the kitty litter or place the strips down for additional traction.

9. Pack high energy foods like nuts, or canned and dried fruit. Water and instant beverages are also suggested.

10. Matches, candles, and a three pound empty coffee can will provide a pan for melting snow and even heating food if stranded.

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