There is an increasing number of calls for dead batteries and vehicle tows as drivers deal with snow and bitterly cold weather.
“As temperatures are forecasted to plummet to single digits over the weekend, AAA reminds drivers that breakdowns occurring during extreme temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly and very young,” said Kara Hitchens, AAA spokeswoman, in a Thursday news release.
For those who must go out, Hitchens said that preparation is key for a safe trip.
Motorists are advised to prepare a winter emergency kit to stow in the trunk of their vehicle. More than 40% of drivers do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicles, AAA said.
The emergency kit should include:
Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
Jen Roppel Balduf covers breaking news for the Dayton Daily News. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism degree from Ohio University and also writes for the Journal-News, Springfield News-Sun and Dayton.com.