WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — When it comes to safety on the roads, there’s no such thing as being too cautious, and that’s never more true than during severe or inclement weather events.

The Texas Department of Transportation in Wichita Falls is reminding those impacted by recent winter weather activity to avoid driving on hazardous roads unless it’s necessary.

And, if it is necessary, TxDOT reminds drivers to be prepared and have an emergency road kit before braving the roads.

According to TxDOT, the following should be essential pieces to your winter driving emergency kit:

  • Traction aids (sand, salt, non-clumping cat litter, mats)
  • Shovel
  • Flashlight
  • Extra flashlight batteries
  • Jumper cables or a jump pack
  • Basic toolkit
  • Warning devices (flares, reflective triangles or LED’s)
  • First-Aid kit
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks or food for passengers and pets
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Warm gloves, coat, gloves, boots, hats and blankets
  • Car charger for mobile devices

Make sure to have all of these in a spot where you won’t forget them and to not store the kit in your car overnight to endure all items function properly.

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