Winter weather travel tips

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) It's important to pay attention to road conditions anytime you travel but especially when it's cold out.

Don Lindsey, with AAA says carrying a safety kit in your car when you travel can be a life saver.

"The things are important for survival, if there should be some kind of situation where you're stuck beside the side of the road, you're going to need to stay warm and safe and let people know you're beside the road."

His safety kit includes a blanket, high energy food like a granola bar, reflectors, a flashlight and things to stay warm.

"A blanket or sleeping bag can keep you warm, an emergency kit with a little reflective triangle in it that can alert people coming up on you that you're stuck on the side of the road and they can steer around you," he says.

Lindsey also reminds drivers to keep a good distance between you and the car in front of you, black ice can hit at any moment and it will be easier to avoid the car in front of you.

Carry a bag of cat litter in the back of your car, if you get stuck, it could help melt the ice and create traction.

AAA also recommends several other tips below:

Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
Always look and steer where you want to go.
Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

For more tips from AAA, click on the link below this story.

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