With temperatures dropping and snow on the forecast, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips.
Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers says when the weather is bad, a simple situation can escalate quickly.
Peters:“You should always have emergency provision in your vehicle, food, water, extra winter gear, I keep extra winter gear for me and my kids in my car even if we’re staying around the Anchorage area, if we go on longer trips I’ll put more food in the vehicle, I mean in the winter time when the temperatures plummet getting stuck on the side of the road is a potential life or death situation.”
Other important items to have in an emergency car kit include:
- a shovel
- windshield scraper and small broom
- flashlight with extra batteries
- battery powered radio
- snack food including energy bars
- raisins and mini candy bars
- matches and small candles
- extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- blankets or sleeping bag
- tow chain or rope
- road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
- booster cables
- emergency flares and reflectors
- fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
- Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.