In Severe Cold Weather, Emergency Car Kits are A Must

This week's winter storm and frigid temperatures are a good reminder that people should have an emergency car kit. Most are items that you already have. AAA recommends newspapers, which will help insulate under your clothing and shoes, and a pen and paper to write help and place on the window. One food item officials recommend is as simple as a chocolate bar. The cold lowers your blood pressure and body temperature. Chocolate helps keep you going. Another option can be found in any kitchen, a plastic bag. It can be used to cover your feet and keep them warm and dry. A first aid kit should always be in your trunk. And a fully charged cell phone can help if you find yourself stranded.

If you would like a more complete list of safety items for your car, you can call AAA at 1-800-222-6327.