Be Prepared: Have a Winter Weather Emergency Car Kit - KMSP-TV

Be Prepared: Have a Winter Weather Emergency Car Kit

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

The number one cause of death Nation-wide during winter storms is traffic crashes. At this time of year "Hotlanta" can turn into "Coldlanta," leaving some roads icy and dangerous. Lauren Fix, The Car Coach, says preparation is the key before heading out in winter weather.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has always said this is a very dangerous time of year with slush and ice and snow on the roadway, especially if you're not used to it," says Lauren Fix, "The Car Coach."

The first step is to make sure your car is running well and up to date on the maintenance. Good tires are also crucial when things turn icy.

"Those all-season tires are really working hard they are not designed for this really cold weather that you see in the northern half of the country," adds Lauren.

Lauren suggests checking your tire pressure once a month using the information on the inside of the door. Clean headlights will also make sure you can see and be seen.

"80 percent of your driving decisions are based on visibility," Lauren explains.

There are a few essential things you should already have in your car emergency kit like, jumper cables, gloves, a flashlight, a rain poncho and a first aid kit.

Add to that list an ice scraper, blanket, hand warmers, extra clothes, basic tools, non-perishable snacks and bottled water.

Lauren says preparing for the worst case scenario will help you stay safe as emergency crews are trying to get to you.

"You could be on the side of the road for hours or stuck in a parking lot for hours by yourself," Lauren says.

Another good tip is to take a few minutes to write down the important numbers in your cell phone and keep that information stored in your car.

For more potentially lifesaving tips from Lauren Fix, or to purchase an emergency car care kit:

Twitter: @LaurenFix and online.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Good Day Atlanta Extra

    Paula Deen: 'I'm happier, more solid, I'm smarter'

    Paula Deen: 'I'm happier, more solid, I'm smarter'

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:14:12 GMT
    Celebrity chef Paula Deen says she is 'happier and smarter' after a controversial year in the spotlight. Deen joined Good Day's Paul Milliken to candidly discuss the lessons she's learned, and her hopes for the future.
    Celebrity chef Paula Deen says she is 'happier and smarter' after a controversial year in the spotlight. Deen joined Good Day's Paul Milliken to candidly discuss the lessons she's learned, and her hopes for the future.
  • Virginia-Highland restaurant gets facelift, pays it forward

    Virginia-Highland restaurant gets facelift, pays it forward

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:12:15 GMT
     It's been a traditional watering hole for a quarter of a century.  And now, Highland Tap is celebrating a new look by helping out a neighbor.  
    It's been a traditional watering hole for a quarter of a century. And now, Highland Tap is celebrating a new look by helping out a neighbor. Highland Tap is a popular restaurant/bar in Atlanta's historic Virignia-Highland neighborhood. The restaurant closed down
  • Katie Beasley's storiesMore>>

  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:18:04 GMT
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
  • Atlanta Beltline celebrates success

    Atlanta Beltline celebrates success

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:14 AM EDT2014-08-07 12:14:51 GMT
    It started as an idea 15 years ago, now the Atlanta Beltline is a huge success, users say. This summer an international panel awarded it the grand prize for "Best Rehabilitation Project" across the globe.
    It started as an idea 15 years ago, now the Atlanta Beltline is a huge success, users say. This summer an international panel awarded it the grand prize for "Best Rehabilitation Project" across the globe.
  • Citizens concerned over Fulton County road

    Citizens concerned over Fulton County road

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:44:05 GMT
    A local advocate group says their part of town has been neglected for years by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The group "Citizens for Better Roads in South Fulton County" says finally, improvements are coming to I-285 where they live.
    A local advocate group says their part of town has been neglected for years by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The group "Citizens for Better Roads in South Fulton County" says finally, improvements are coming to I-285 where they live.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices