Many people are expected to hit the roads in coming days to travel for Christmas. With snow covering much of the central United States, officials want to arm you with the tools and information you need to stay safe while traveling in winter weather.
During the Christmas Blizzard of '09, many people were stranded, unprepared and miserable. "A lot of that could have been preventable. When we were out rescuing people and helping law enforcement rescue people, we were pulling people out of their cars in flip lops and shorts," said Adele Lewis with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Her biggest advice is to not get off the main roads. "One of the biggest mistake people make is getting off the main thoroughfare. Where your maintenance is going to be done on the roadways, that's going to be on the interstate and US highways, your main points from town to town. You need to stay on these roadways," she said.
Adele Lewis with the Texas Department of Transportation and Senior Trooper Tony Fulton with the Texas Department of Public Safety have helped Newschannel 6 prepare this checklist. Use the items on this list as a general guideline to make sure you have what you need to stay safe on the roads.
-Cell phone car charger
-Winter Clothing (cap, gloves, heavy socks, coveralls, boots)
-First Aid kit
-High energy food
-Kitty litter – for traction
-Basic tool kit (pliers, screwdriver set, adjustable wrench, tape and wire)
Trooper Fulton said it's a good idea to let loved ones know where you are traveling, what route you plan to take, and when you plan to leave. That way, should officials need to search for you, they have a better idea of where to look.