Intro: Some M-L-K Day events had to be cancelled on Monday as a result of winter snowstorms that hit western and central parts of the state. Washingtonians know how quickly weather conditions can change, especially on the mountain passes. Pam Moen with Triple-A says before a trip, there's no reason not to double-check the weather forecast and road conditions, and get prepared for them.
|Cut 395098 :15 "Every year, there are people who die because they become stranded in extreme winter conditions and don’t have the proper supplies, or don’t know what to do to keep themselves safe until help can get to them."|
Tag: You can call 5-1-1 to get road conditions across the state, or get road and weather information online at 'wsdot.com.'
Second Cut: If you'll be driving any distance, over mountains or in rural areas, Moen says make sure you're carrying more than just tire chains. Put together a winter survival kit to keep in the vehicle.
|Cut 405098 :16 "Things like an ice scraper; some traction material, whether it’s sand, salt, or cat litter; a snow shovel, a flashlight and some basic tools – and certainly, some warm clothing and blankets in case you would get stranded."|
Tag: She says some water, non-perishable food, waterproof matches and candles, and your cell phone and charger are other essentials for longer road trips this winter. The Washington Department of Transportation has all kinds of winter driving information online, including a list of everything to put a car emergency kit (wsdot.wa.gov/winter).
Third Cut: Until now, it's been one of the mildest winters in decades, but the time has come to revive those Northwest-style winter driving skills. Moen suggests making sure your vehicle's battery and tires also are ready for the colder weather.