How drivers can prepare for an emergency during a winter storm

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — AAA is encouraging drivers to be prepared for the worst when out in the snow as they give some tips, tricks, and helpful advice for drivers who find themselves on the roads during the upcoming snow storm.

"No one ever plans to get stuck," said Jana Tidwell with AAA. 

Tidwell says rule number one is when you know you're going to drive in a storm of any kind, make sure your car is equipped to get you from point A to point B.

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"What is typically a 15 minute drive for anyone on a normal day could unfortunately turn into several hours, so having a full tank of gas can be critical," Tidwell said. 

Tidwell says drivers should always have an emergency bag in their vehicle, but during the winter, you want to make sure you have a few extra things.

"De-icer, a portable shovel, ice scraper, rock salt, or kitty litter to help gain traction under the tires if need be," she said. 

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She says you may want to keep some nonperishable snacks and water in your emergency bag to make sure you're fueled up in case you get stuck anywhere.

Tidwell also adds you can do your part to help make sure you're not putting yourself and others on the road in danger.

"You need to slow down, so that you can react accordingly. Don't tailgate. Leave plenty of extra distance between you, the car in front of you, and the things that are on either side of you," she said.