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Keep your car running smoothly in cold weather

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Northeast Ohio may not be Alaska – but it sure seems that way lately. Temperatures swing from sub-zero to thirty degrees often in a day. Auto experts offer drivers’ tips for a smooth morning commute. Here’s John Veauthier.

AAA offers tips for emergency road kits

TheNewsOutlet.org

Getting stranded is terrifying, especially in winter.

AAA, the nation’s largest travel organization, says drivers should prepare for this situation before it happens.

Each car should have an emergency road kit containing:

• Mobile phone, pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services, and car charger

• Drinking water

• First-aid kit

• Non-perishable snacks for human and pet passengers

• Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats

• Snow shovel and ice scraper with brush

• Blankets and extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)

• Flashlight with extra batteries

• Window washer solent

• Cloth or roll of paper towels

• Jumper cables

• Warning devices (flares or triangles)

• Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

JOHN VEAUTHIER: A dead battery and a bad back-up plan is a good combination for a bad morning commute. Chelsea Pompeani is with Triple-AAA motor club’s East Central region. She offers some advice.

CHELSEA POMPEANI – The first thing that you want to do is go outside and scrape or brush off any ice before you start your car and then, you put the defrosters on. Then things will move along a lot quicker.

VEAUTIER: Pompeani stresses prevention and preparation. She says to get your car battery tested and park your car in a garage as often as you can. Then, start thinking of what to do if you are stranded.

POMPEANI – Well, I want to make sure that people are aware of some kind of things that you have in your car. We’ve seen a lot this year of people getting stuck in their cars for long periods of time. , you want to make sure that you’re prepared for those situations and We actually offer emergency roadside kits for winter.

VEAUTIER: You can also make your own.

POMPEANI – In those kits, you should have a cell phone, a car charger, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit.

For a detailed list of items to include in your emergence kit, visit TheNewsOutlet.org I’m John Veauthier.