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Posted on: January 29, 2019

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

Do you have everything you need for survival in the winter?

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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