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How can Delaware drivers prepare for winter roads?

Being stranded in the snow after an auto accident is not something any Delaware resident wants to do. However, like countless car accidents themselves, many local residents find themselves literally stuck in a situation they did not anticipate this time of year. Fortunately, there are several steps drivers can take to ensure that if they are hit by another driver this time of year, the situation need not go from bad to worse.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, drivers can fill their cars with some key emergency-related supplies in the event of a vehicle being stuck in the snow. Inevitably, many drivers will find themselves stuck in snow or ice following a car collision. Helpful or even life-saving supplies include blankets, a first aid kit, flashlights with extra batteries, extra clothes, matches and winter essentials, such as scarves, hats, gloves and so on.

In addition to these car emergency staples, drivers can also pack certain tools, such as screwdrivers and pliers, as well as sand to produce traction on slippery snow when a car gets stuck. Even a fender-bender type of car accident can result in one or both vehicles getting stuck in the snow. Until help arrives -- and during the busy winter season this can be a long time -- it may be best to be fully prepared.

Additional items that commuters might want to think of keeping in their cars include booster cables, bottled water, snacks, such as nuts or granola bars, a piece of cloth, preferably in a bright color, to use as a flag and activities for diversion, such as puzzles or cards. While it is not possible to fully anticipate every winter weather situation, it is possible to be reasonably prepared for getting stuck in the snow after a potential accident. Following an incident, it may be prudent to speak with an attorney about compensation if hit by a negligent driver.

Source: NJ.us, "Safe Winter Driving," accessed on Jan. 29, 2016

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