Forecasters and first responders say it’s time to start thinking about what to have in your vehicle as you travel this winter.
It’s best to keep a basic winter survival kit in the car that includes a flashlight, extra batteries, a blanket or two, non-perishable snacks, water, extra gloves, boots, a phone charger and a first-aid kit.
In some areas, you might need tire chains or a shovel, but definitely keep an ice scraper, snowbrush, jumper cables and road flares.
AAA also suggests keeping salt or kitty litter, windshield wiper fluid, and paper towels.
Remember, if you find yourself stranded, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives. Your odds of survival dramatically decreases once you get out of the vehicle to walk for help. Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. John Lueckenhoff tells News Talk KZRG in the event you’re in an isolated area that has poor cell service, you’re still more likely to have someone drive by and see you stranded that can offer help, so don’t panic. Wait it out, and do not try to walk to that busy road or interstate you see in the distance in below freezing temperatures because it’s often a lot further than you think.