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Back-to-Back Storms About to Hit the Pacific Northwest, Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

AAA Offers Tips To Help You And Your Vehicle Handle Driving On Ice And Snow

BELLEVUE, Wash. — With forecasters predicting five storms in the next week across Washington, which will bring inches of rain, wind advisories and lots of mountain snow, AAA reminds drivers how to prepare for what promises to be a couple more months of winter weather driving conditions.

AAA Recommends All Drivers Pack a Winter Driving Kit:

  • Charged mobile phone, pre-programmed with rescue apps, emergency services and family phone numbers
  • First-aid kit
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Ice scraper, snow brush and snow shovel
  • Tire chains
  • Tire gauge
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, kitty litter) or traction mats
  • Blankets
  • Extra set of warm clothes (gloves, hats, scarves
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
  • Water and non-perishable food items for human and pet passengers
  • Window washer solvent, winter formula recommended

The best advice we can give is that if you’re uncomfortable driving in winter weather, don’t do it. If possible, postpone the trip and wait for better conditions.

If you must drive, make sure you and your vehicle are up for the challenge. Avoid restrictive winter clothing, put away all distractions, set navigation before leaving home and visit WSDOT’s website for the latest road conditions.

AAA has all your winter driving resources in one place, including tips for driving on ice and snow and advice on what to do during a breakdown.

About AAA Washington:

AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 prominent Seattleites determined to champion the betterment of motoring conditions and laws; the preservation of Washington state’s natural beauty; and the promotion of Washington as an unrivaled tourist destination. More than a century later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

AAA Washington provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps, and personalized trip planning, to members. AAA was recently named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s stores in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582. 

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit

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Interested in planning your next road trip with AAA Washington? Call your travel agent directly or your nearest AAA store to get pro tips, TripTik maps, and more. Find more Pacific Northwest scenic drives and road trips.

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