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Winter Driving Kit

Winter driving can be hazardous! The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office advises motorists to make sure their vehicles are equipped with a well-stocked winter driving kit. A winter driving kit should include the following items:

  • Bag of sand or salt (or kitty litter)
  • Tow Straps
  • Traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Snow brush
  • Ice scraper
  • Booster cables
  • Warning devices such as flares or emergency lights
  • Fuel line de-icer (methanol, also called methyl alcohol or methyl hydrate)
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid appropriate for sub-freezing temperatures
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Flashlight and a portable flashing light (and extra batteries)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing, including hat and wind-proof pants, and warm footwear
  • First aid kit
  • Snack bars or other "emergency" food and water
  • Matches and emergency candles. Only use these with a window opened to prevent build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Road maps
  • "Call Police" or other help signs or brightly colored banners.

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