So far this winter, the driving conditions around East Tennessee haven’t been too challenging. It’s still a good reminder that we need to be prepared for the worst when we get behind the wheel.

AAA Tennessee shared what you need to have on hand for winter weather driving. They recently took a study and found that three out of four Tennesseans do not have a winter emergency kit in their trunk.

“You just don’t know what may happen,” said Stephanie Milani with AAA Tennessee.

She says now is not the time to count on not having a crash or your car not breaking down. AAA has nine to 10 things they suggest we all keep in our car this winter:

  • Blankets, coats, hats, and boots
  • Non-perishable snacks and water
  • Extra medications and a first-aid-kit
  • Sand or cat litter, and a shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Cell phone charger
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Warning triangle or flares
  • Ice Scraper
  • Washer fluid

Milani says it’s important to pack enough for everyone in your family, including pets, because it may take time for help to come to you.

“Just to make sure that a bad situation doesn’t turn into an emergency,” she said.

AAA Tennessee also suggests keeping your gas tank at at least half full as a way to not run out in case of an emergency, but it also helps keeping the fuel line from freezing.