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What to have in your vehicle
In addition to the just-in-case items you should always have in your vehicle, such as jumper cables, tire-changing tools, flashlight and a first-aid kit, be sure to carry these winter essentials:
· Cell phone and charger
· High-calorie, non-perishable food
· Extra clothing (wool socks, gloves, hats)
· Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
· Road salt or cat litter to help with traction
· Camping shovel Ice scraper and brush
· Tow rope
· Brightly colored flag or cloth to tie to your antenna
If you are stranded
If a winter storm strands you with your vehicle, stay calm and follow these tips:
· Pull off the highway (if possible), turn on your hazard lights and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.
· If you have a phone, call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher.
· Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
· Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
· Exercise a little to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion and sweating.
· Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
· Don’t waste your vehicle’s battery power. Balance electrical energy needs— lights, heat and radio—with supply.
· At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.