Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Lack Vehicle Winter Emergency Kit, According to CarMax Survey
As Holidays Approach, CarMax Recommends 11 Essential Safety Items
RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The holiday travel season is here and a majority of Americans are not fully prepared for winter weather. According to an online survey conducted for CarMax, 65 percent of respondents do not have a winter emergency kit in their car.
CarMax, Inc. (NYS: KMX) , the nation's largest retailer of used vehicles, recommends all drivers prepare a winter emergency kit for their vehicle. Creating a kit is a quick and easy way to keep your family safe during inclement weather while traveling.
"If you have to travel in winter weather, an emergency kit can be a life-saving tool," said Linda White, location general manager at CarMax in Midlothian, Va. "Most people already have the suggested items, it's just a matter of collecting them and putting them in your car."
A winter emergency kit should include:
Flares or hazard triangles
Warm clothes, gloves and a blanket
Kitty litter—for traction on slick roadways
Extra washer fluid
Non-perishable food and bottled water
Cell phone car charger
According to the survey, one in ten car owners stated they have none of the essential supplies for a winter emergency kit. More than half of those surveyed reported having jumper cables, a flashlight, or an ice scraper in their vehicle.
With millions of Americans preparing to travel for the holidays, now is the time to make sure your vehicle is running properly. Check your owner's manual and follow recommended service schedules to avoid hassles later.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of CarMax. The national, random sample consisted of more than 1,000 U.S. adults who were surveyed online during November 15-19, 2012.
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE2012 "100 Best Companies to Work For," is the nation's largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., CarMax currently operates 117 used car superstores in 58 markets. The consumer offer features low, no haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the twelve months ended February 29, 2012, the company retailed 408,080 used vehicles and sold 316,649 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.
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