It’s snowstorm season and as much as we would all like to stay home during bad weather, it isn’t always possible.  

Salt Lake has had its share of snowstorms in the last few weeks; even the storms' aftermath can be dangerous. Icy roads, slush, bad visibility, and questionable driving all play a part in the danger of winter driving. AAA said that these “are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter.” 

“It’s always important to be prepared versus get caught in a situation that turns dangerous or potentially deadly, especially in the winter season when temperatures can drop very, very cold in a short amount of time,” CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray said.   

So, what should you have in your car in case you are stuck in a winter storm? 

CNN lists a few items to have packed and ready for your wellbeing.  

  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods such as nuts, granola bars, dried fruit or beef jerky
    • Extra bottled water (using an insulated bottle can help prevent freezing)
    • Cup or makeshift cup in which you can melt snow — using waterproof matches — for drinking water
    • First aid kit, including adhesive bandages, medical tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, antiseptic cream, medical wrap and pocketknife
    • Rags and hand cleaner (such as baby wipes)
    • Medications
    • Books, games or DVDs for occupying children, if applicable 

You’ll also want to have an extra coat, blanket, and gloves for the freezing temps as well as some hiking boots and a sleeping bag.  

Stay safe during winter storms in Utah and prepare accordingly in case you are stuck on the road.  

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