NASHVILLE, Tenn — If you got caught unprepared for this week's snow and ice, there are several things you can do to be ready next time extreme weather hits.
One thing you shouldn't leave home without is an emergency car kit .
During this Winter storm is when many people may have noticed -- they don't have a winter car kit, or could have used one if they got stuck.
So if you want to build one now to be ready for next time, the AAA recommends packing the following items:
- Cell phone and car charger (glove compartment)
- First-aid kit (glove compartment)
- Blanket (luggage area)
- Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car including pets (some in glove compartment, the rest in the luggage area)
- Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
- Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes
- Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices such as road flares or reflectors (luggage area)
- Ice scraper/snow brush
- Jumper cables/jump pack
- Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
- Tarp, raincoat and gloves
In addition to a fully stocked first aid kit, AAA says you should have jumper cables and a basic toolkit. And did you find yourself without an ice scraper this time around?
And if you get stuck in the ice there are some specific items that you should have in your car that can help you get free.
"With the cold winter weather, you want some warm weather items, extra hats, gloves blankets to help keep you warm," said Megan Cooper with AAA. "Things like kitty litter or sand or abrasive materials are really great if you get stuck in slippery situations."