Winter Driving Tips from AAA for Thanksgiving and Apple Cup

November 26, 2019

With hundreds of thousands of people traveling for Thanksgiving and Apple Cup this holiday weekend, AAA encourages drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions. More than 150,000 Washingtonians are expected to hop in their cars and travel for the holiday, many of whom will be driving over the passes. While pass conditions aren’t expected to be too bad this weekend, temperatures will be below freezing overnight across the state, so icy conditions are likely.

AAA has all your winter driving tips in one place:

AAA recommends packing 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. If you can, postpone your errands, work from home, have your groceries delivered or call a friend for a ride.

If you must drive, make sure you and your vehicle are up for the challenge. Don’t wear restrictive winter clothing, put away all distractions, set navigation before leaving home and check out the weather on your route. Before you start driving, clear all the ice and snow from your vehicle. This includes the roof, as snow can slide forward onto your windshield and block your vision, or fly off and hit the vehicle behind you.

For more winter driving tips, go to

[For a full Thanksgiving travel forecast, see our press page.]

Have a safe holiday.

AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904. The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its million plus members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public. Additional information is available through the company’s offices in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582.

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