How to prepare your car for extreme cold weather

Posted at 6:47 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 06:54:34-05

The extreme cold weather can take a toll on your body and also your car.

To keep drivers safe, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a checklist of items to keep stocked in the car during the event of a winter storm.

Be sure to keep the following on hand:

  • Rechargeable flashlight
  • Cellphone and car charger
  • Extra food and water
  • Flares
  • Tools: jack, lug wrench, shovel
  • Road maps
  • Blanket/sleeping bag(s)
  • Extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches or lighter
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Paper towels
  • Extra washer fluid
  • Chains or traction tires
  • Small snow shovel
  • Kitty litter for tire traction

If your car gets stuck, run your engine a heater for short periods of time, and crack a window to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Listen to the radio for emergency updates and stay hydrated.  

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