To be ready for future snowstorms, traffic nightmares and other emergencies, there are some useful items to keep in your car, according to the American Automobile Association and other sources.
- A coat, a hat and gloves.
- Sneakers, boots or other alternative footwear. (No one wants to walk through snow in high heels or loafers. Other emergencies also might require taking a hike, and even in fair weather, formal shoes are a drag.)
- A cellphone charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter.
- Maps: the paper kind. GPS devices fail; a laminated map endures.
- A hand-cranked flashlight.
Those should get you through most short-term problems. If the weather is dicey, and it looks like you could be stranded, a few other items will make life more bearable:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Flares or reflective triangles.
Metro Atlantans can’t expect enough heavy snow to warrant chains, but these snow preparations are within reason:
- A windshield scraper and a small broom to sweep off snow.
A porta-potty would probably be an impractical addition to the trunk clutter, but would have been exceedingly popular among Tuesday’s motorists who were prevented from attending nature’s call.