Winter driving: What to keep in your emergency kit

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Winter is coming and the potential to slide off icy roads, leaving a driver stranded, is a scenario all too real in the Interior of Alaska.
The Department of Transportation is urging drivers to think about keeping a winter emergency kit in their cars.
Caitlin Frye with D-O-T, stressed when it gets really cold, it is dangerous, "When it gets to 20 or 40 below, it can be very dangerous to be outside for even short periods of time,” she said.
Frye brought out her own winter emergency car kit, and said a cell phone charger was one of the most essential items she carries.
“Make sure when you are driving in the winter that you have a charged cell phone or a way to charge it in your car. That's the first thing you're going to need to do if you get stuck somewhere is to call somebody,” she said.
She also urged drivers to think about including a flash light, a first aid kit, a shovel, a sturdy snow brush and of course warm clothing.
According to the press release from the Department of Transportation, drivers should think with the weather in mind to have a safe commute.
D-O-T gives these four tips:
-Be sure to give yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you have the option, wait until conditions improve.
-Be sure to clear off all the snow and ice from the outside of your vehicle. Don’t forget mirrors, windows, lights and both windshields.
-Turn on your vehicle’s headlights before getting on the road. Be sure to use turn signals, too; this is especially important when visibility is poor.
-Always allow more room between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you time to react if you encounter unexpected conditions.
For more helpful tips from the Department of Transportation, visit http://dot.alaska.gov/winter.