The holiday travel season is here and a majority of Americans are not fully prepared for winter weather. According to an online survey conducted for CarMax, 65 percent of respondents do not have a winter emergency kit in their car.
CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles, recommends all drivers prepare a winter emergency kit for their vehicle. Creating a kit is a quick and easy way to keep your family safe during inclement weather while traveling.
“If you have to travel in winter weather, an emergency kit can be a life-saving tool,” said Linda White, location general manager at CarMax in Midlothian, Va. “Most people already have the suggested items, it’s just a matter of collecting them and putting them in your car.”
A winter emergency kit should include:
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Flares or hazard triangles
- Warm clothes, gloves and a blanket
- Ice scraper
- Snow shovel
- Kitty litter—for traction on slick roadways
- Extra washer fluid
- Non-perishable food and bottled water
- Cell phone car charger