Saturday night Western Washington experienced a storm with high winds downing power lines and tree branches crashing on roofs. The storm was a message that winter will soon be upon us and drivers should make sure their vehicles are prepared for winter driving conditions.
It's not too soon to schedule an appointment with your mechanic and to stow some emergency supplies in your car. You can also install some cell phone apps which you can use to plan your trips, check weather and help you if you're stranded.
Things to stash in your car:
- First aid kid
- Cell phone charger
- Extra water and snacks
- Warm Clothing and gloves
- Ice scraper
- Full tank of fuel
- Jumper cables
- Extra diapers if you have a small child.
Check with your mechanic:
Cell Phone Apps
There are a number of cell phone apps that can aid you in preparing for winter travel.
WSDOT: In Washington state, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) app on your phone provides traffic and travel for the state of Washington including travel alerts, mountain pass reports and traffic cameras. Click here for the WSDOT Android App and here for the WSDOT iPhone app.
Winter Survival Kit mobile app helps you if you are stuck or stranded during severe weather. The app can find your current GPS location, call 911, notify your friends and family and calculate how long you can run your engine. You can store your emergency contacts and insurance information in the app.
Safely® Go mobile app is an app that answers your calls and texts while you are driving so that you won't be distracted.