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Posted on: January 29, 2019

[ARCHIVED] What should be in your car in case of winter emergencies

The snow has piled up and dangerous cold is on the way.

If you haven't made a winter survival kit, now is the time to get started.

You could either buy a pre-made kit or assemble a personalized kit.

If you choose to assemble you own, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety made a checklist just for you.

Make sure you have a kit with these items in your car. It's a good idea to keep your kit in the backseat, in case your trunk is frozen shut.

  1. Candles and matches
  2. A knife
  3. A red bandanna or cloth for signaling authorities
  4. Pencil and paper
  5. A whistle
  6. Snacks (such as raisins, hard candy, food bars)
  7. A cell phone charger
  8. Flashlight
  9. Spare batteries - warm before using and reverse inside flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout
  10. Booster cables
  11. 30-foot cord for homing line if you exit the vehicle
  12. Basic tools
  13. Sand, kitty litter or other grit
  14. Shovel
  15. Tow cabins or chains
  16. Sleeping bag/blankets
  17. Road flares or reflectors
  18. Snow suit/ heavy boots

The ultimate winter survival tip? If you get stranded, stay in your car.

From KARE11 - Golden Valley, Minn

Author:  Lydia Birt

Published:  5:25 AM CST January 28, 2019

Updated:  7:02 AM CST January 28, 2019

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