NDOT urges drivers to pack a "Winter Safety Driving Kit"

SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Tuesday many drivers in Sparks were stuck in standstill traffic for upwards of six hours.

Nevada Department of Transportation officials say drivers need to be prepared for similar or even worse road emergency situations that could keep drivers stuck in a car for an extended amount of time.

Meg Ragonese with NDOT says along with always having a high fuel level, having a "Winter Safety Driving Kit" is the best way to be prepared.

Suggested items to have in your personal kit include:

- Tire chains / tow strap
- Flashlight
- Spare batteries
- Ice scraper
- Cell phone for emergency communication (do not use while driving)
- Snow shovel
- Flares
- Jumper cables
- Small bag of sand for wheel traction
- Extra winter clothes / coat / gloves / socks
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Non-perishable foods / water
- First aid supplies / prescription medication
- Battery-operated radio
- Candles / matches or lighter
- State map for navigation in event of winter detour

Ragonese adds you should customize your kit with important personal items, such as, back-up medications, baby formula, pet food, etc.

For more safe winter driving tips, click here.