(HealthDay News) -- Depending on where you are, winter can herald a greater risk of car accident, a car that won't start, and getting stranded in wintry conditions.
The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions for safe winter driving:
- Get your car properly tuned up, and make sure the tires are in good shape before winter starts.
- Carry equipment in your car, including a tire jack, spare tire, jumper cables, chains, salt or cat litter, flashlight and batteries, and a tool kit.
- In your car, store non-perishable foods such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candies.
- Especially on a long winter trip, pack necessities to keep you warm -- a warm blanket, socks, a hat and gloves.
- Keep a first aid kit in your car at all times.
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