Floridians are urged to prepare a winter survival kit

What to have in your car
What to have in your car
Posted at 5:26 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 14:31:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Winter in Florida does not compare to up north, but a winter survival kit is something you should have in your car.

A winter survival kit doesn't necessarily sound like something Floridians would have in the trunk of their car, but with temperatures feeling colder than we're used to, it's important to prepare a kit this winter.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need an emergency kit, here are some of the most important things:

Before leaving, make sure you have at least a half tank of gas and charged cell phone.

Water, food, and a first aid kit are important, but having road salt, sand or cat liter can provide traction if your car is stuck.

The Florida Highway Patrol suggests not driving in the slick road conditions, if you don't have to.

Flares and reflectors are essential if you need to signal for help in the case of an emergency.

Blankets, a flash light, a knife, and a wind shield scraper are also useful things to keep in your kit.

A winter survival kit is like insurance: It's not something we ever want to use, but something we should keep handy just in case.