Keep these things in your car for the extreme cold says CDOT

By Jim Lawson on January 12, 2024
Keep these things in your car for the extreme cold says CDOT
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Keep these things in your car for the extreme cold says CDOT

This weekend, including Monday,  in Denver are expected to bring extreme cold, as you may already be aware. Ideally, you would prefer to remain indoors, cozying up with a book or binge watch a show,  insulated from the frigid weather. However, if you need to venture outside, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has provided some valuable advice to ensure your safety.

CDOT has published a list of items that you should keep in the trunk of your vehicle so you’re prepared for the adverse conditions.

Essential items 

  • Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
  • Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Gallon jug of water
  • First aid kit and essential medications
  • Tire chains and tow strap
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
  • Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts

Secondary items 

  • Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc.
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Non-perishable snacks like granola bars
  • Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction
  • Deck of cards or board game for entertainment

“While it is always encouraged to have these items in your vehicle, motorists should not travel without these this weekend,” CDOT warned.

You should also make sure you have a full tank of gas.

CDOT also warned that if a driver feels anxious or unsafe while driving in adverse weather, it’s best to wait for conditions to improve. Driving in whiteout conditions can cause enough stress that it limits driving abilities.

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