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Preparing a car kit for winter emergencies

Make sure to clear snow and ice from your vehicle before driving, unlike this driver in Lancaster, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

WASHINGTON – The D.C. area woke up with sub-zero temperatures Thursday, making for another day of closings and delays.

If you have to brave the cold and wintry conditions as a driver, you may want to prepare an emergency supply kit for your car.

Here’s what AAA recommends you put in it:

  • Make sure you have a full gas tank
  • Cellphone
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Drinking water
  • Jumper cables
  • Tool kit
  • Flares or orange triangles
  • Knife
  • Towels
  • High calorie, non-perishable food.

Kitty litter, or another type of abrasive, can also be helpful when you need to give your tires extra traction.

In case you become stranded, AAA says it is usually best for drivers to remain with their vehicle rather than get lose looking for help.

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