That recent ice storm in the South wreaked havoc on traffic, stranding countless Atlanta motorists in their cars for many hours, even overnight.
Mariano Castillo, a CNN editor, recounted on its website:
I have given up my stubborn plan to make it home and have a cup of hot cocoa no matter the time. I found a 24-hour Taco Bell, spent my last $5 on a quesadilla and am closing my eyes in my trusty RAV4. I wonder what I will awake to.
His was one of many frightening stories in the CNN report. In a way, Castillo was lucky because his car was not disabled and he was able to park off the highway. Also, there wasn’t a child or a physically impaired person in the vehicle.
The bottom line: As the winter weather continues to howl, consider rejuvenating your auto’s emergency kit. The supplies will at least make you more comfortable if you’re stranded, and could save your life.
- Shovel, snow scraper and small broom.
- Flashlight with extra batteries (make sure batteries are fresh!).
- Battery-powered radio.
- Raisins and mini candy bars.
- Extra hats, socks, mittens.
- First aid kit with pocket knife.
- Necessary medications.
- Hand-warming packets.
- Blankets or sleeping bag.
- Tow chain or rope.
- Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction.
- Jumper cables.
- Emergency flares and reflectors.
- Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention.
- Cellphone adapter.
- Rags or paper towels.
- Tire chains.
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