As people in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky prepare for Friday’s wintry weather, there are a few items you need to keep in your car in case you get stranded on the roadway.
- Blankets: Once the cold front moves through tomorrow, it’s going to get COLD. Temperatures are expected to drop as much as 20 degrees in a matter of hours.
- Snow brush with an ice scraper: We may not see much snow over the next two days but ice on your windshield can cause you problems. If you don’t scrape all the snow off your car or windows, you can get pulled over or possibly get a ticket because it’s dangerous for other drivers.
- Salt (kitty litter or sand will also work): This will help your traction if your tires get stuck.
- Snow shovel: This is handy if you have a smaller car or vehicle without a 4-wheel drive.
- Bottled water/food: It’s good to be prepared if you get stranded – first responders may be busy working emergency calls. You may be stuck for a while if you’re not in any immediate danger.
Extra tip: It's also a good idea to keep jumper cables in your car if your battery dies.
Remember, if you get stranded, staying in your vehicle is often the safest choice. If you need emergency assistance, you can call *THP (*847). You can also call the local non-emergency number for local law enforcement agencies at (615) 862-8600. (Read more here)
Kentucky State Police asked travelers to call 1-800-222-5555 if they see stranded motorists.