Ice Storms Remind Drivers to Prepare Winter Emergency Kit for Vehicles

  Ice Storms Remind Drivers to Prepare Winter Emergency Kit for Vehicles

According to CarMax Survey, Three-Quarters of American Drivers are Unprepared
                              for Winter Weather

Business Wire

RICHMOND, Va. -- December 10, 2013

With ice and snow storms encompassing much of the United States, many drivers
and their vehicles have been left stranded on the roads. According to an
online survey conducted for CarMax, only 24 percent of those surveyed said
that they have a winter emergency kit in their car. Residents of the
Northeast, who often experience the worst winter weather, are surprisingly
unprepared, with only 35 percent reporting that they drive with a winter
emergency kit.

CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, strongly
recommends that drivers prepare a winter emergency kit for their vehicle. A
winter emergency kit is a quick and easy way to help keep travelers safe
during inclement weather.

“As drivers venture onto the roads during the winter months, an emergency kit
in your car is an easy way to help protect you and your loved ones,” said Matt
Sharp, a location general manager for CarMax in St. Louis, Mo. “Most of the
suggested items you can find around the house, it’s just a matter of
collecting them and putting them in your vehicle.”

A winter emergency kit should include:

1. Flashlight
2. Jumper cables
3. First-aid kit
4. Flares or hazard triangles
5. Warm clothes, gloves and a blanket
6. Ice scraper
7. Snow shovel
8. Kitty litter—for traction on slick roadways
9. Extra washer fluid
10. Food and bottled water
11. Cell phone car charger

More than half of those surveyed reported having jumper cables, a flashlight,
or an ice scraper in their vehicle and 40 percent indicated having a First Aid
Kit. One in 10 car owners stated they have none of the essential supplies for
a winter emergency kit.

With millions of Americans preparing to travel for the holidays, now is the
time to make sure your vehicle is running properly by having it inspected and

The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of CarMax. The
national sample consisted of more than 1,000 U.S. adults who were surveyed
online during November 21-25, 2013.

About CarMax

CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE
2013 “100 Best Companies to Work For,” is the nation’s largest retailer of
used cars. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., CarMax currently operates 127 used
car superstores in 63 markets. The consumer offer features low, no haggle
prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used cars, and superior
customer service. During the twelve months ended February 28, 2013, the
company retailed 447,728 used cars and sold 324,779 wholesale vehicles at our
in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at


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