Travel advisors urge drivers to prepare vehicles for the winter

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It won’t be long before your commute, so far filled with clear roads, turns into snowy and slick roads.

That’s why AAA Kansas' Jennifer Haugh said it’s important to thoroughly inspect your vehicle.

"We've been a little spoiled with the warmer weather this time of year. Your battery is probably going to be one of the biggest problems when that temperature drops, and stays down,” she said. “That takes a lot more toll on the battery,” she said.

In case of an emergency, Haugh suggests keeping some unusual items like a bag of cat litter, which she says can help if you’re stuck in snow.

"If you get into a slick spot and get stuck you can throw that down under your tires, so you might be able to help yourself get out of a situation there, said Haugh.

According to Haugh, preparing for the worse is better than not being prepared at all.

She suggests keeping anything that will help keep you from shivering is important.

"Travel blanket and other warm clothes are important because you never know where you're going to get stuck and if you're in a place where you can't run the heater in the car, you're going to need to stay warm,” she explained

"It doesn't hurt a lot of people travel with their dogs now to have dog treats with you too just to be safe,” Haugh said.

Here's what AAA says should be in everyone's Winter Car Kit:

  • Kitty litter
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Non-perishable snack foods
  • Bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Battery booster cables
  • Doggy treats (for pet owners)

With a record number of holiday travelers this year, Haugh wants everyone to be prepared in any situation.

"We don't want to add to those fatality numbers that we're seeing going up this year,” she added.

Travel advisors also remind drivers to slow down.

They suggest not using cruise control on slippery roads.

It’s also advised that drivers take a few extra minutes to clear all frost and snow from your vehicle.