Ask an Officer

Question: How do I prepare for winter driving? 

Answer from: Kate McLaughlin, Community Policing Specialist 

Preparing for winter driving begins with getting your vehicle serviced, and collecting a few items to keep in your car as a winter emergency kit.  Items include: 

  • Cell phone, charger

  • Flashlight, batteries

  • Signal device (flares, flag, warning triangle)

  • Nonperishable foods and water (energy bars, nuts, pretzels)

  • Winter clothing, boots, blanket

  • Jumper cables

  • Ice scraper, brush

  • Sand or grit

  • Basic tools, knife, fire extinguisher, shovel

  • First aid 

Other items to provide comfort or entertainment if you are stuck for a period of time include: tissues, wet wipes, book, magazines, pencil and paper, and toys for children.

It is also a good idea to fill the gas tank before it reaches empty, watch the weather reports, and check out a traffic website to see if there are any weather conditions causing problems on highways.  As always, when driving in bad weather conditions, slow down and remain alert. 

If you would like to submit a question to Ask an Officer, contact Community Policing at the Euclid Police Department:  email or call 216-289-8449.    

Kate McLaughlin

I am the Community Policing Specialist at the Euclid Police Department.

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