Tips for staying safe on the road this winter

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - With the snow beginning to fall and the temperatures dropping, law enforcement agencies are stressing the importance of keeping an emergency kit inside your vehicle.

"Probably a tow strap and a tool kit and a first aid kit. But the biggest thing is not to travel in inclement weather unless you absolutely have to,” said Marquette County Undersheriff, Daniel Willey.

Other items to keep in the kit, Willey said, are warm clothes, blankets, food, water and flashlights.

He added that a cellphone charger and battery pack would also make good additions to the kit.

"It’s also a good idea, if you have to travel in inclement weather, to let people know where you're going and what route you're taking,” Willey said.

Having a way to signal your whereabouts in an emergency is also important.

"We like to keep an extra flare kit in the car as well, because when you're in whatever situation you're in, it has a potential to be whiteout or whatever it is, and you need to be able to draw attention to wherever you are,” said Barron’s Auto Repair Owner, Keith Barron.

In addition to having a well-stocked emergency kit, Barron added that you should have your suspension checked to ensure traction on icy roads.

"Checking your suspension is really important before winter, especially shocks and struts. In the summer months you have an abundance of traction, in the winter you don't,” he said.

Barron says having snow tires, or just making sure your current tires have good tread, is just as important as having an emergency kit.

"Obviously winter tires are always the best. If you can only get two winter tires, you should put them on the back [of the car],” Barron said.

For more tips on emergency vehicle kits, click here.

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