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Don’t Get Stuck: Carry items in your trunk that will help you avoid getting mired in the snow and ice

The first real taste of winter weather is coming. With snow and ice in the forecast, now is the time to make sure you have what you need in your car in case you find yourself stuck on the road.

State Farm offers the following tips to be prepared with a “Trunk Transformation.” Doing so is easy and could prove to be quite beneficial in the event of an emergency. Take the time to get the junk out of your vehicle trunk and load in these important items:

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— Hazard triangle (with reflectors) or road flares

— First aid kit

— Jumper cables or small battery charger

— Windshield scraper and brush

— Spare tire (make sure jack and lug wrench are in vehicle)

— Tow strap

— Blankets and extra warm clothing

— Cell phone and charger

— Road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction

— Brightly colored flag or “Help” sign

— Flashlight (with working batteries), matches or lighter

— Tarp for sitting or kneeling in the snow for exterior work like a tire change

— Small tool kit or multi-tool

— Duct tape – for temporary fixes

— High-calorie, non-perishable food

— Crucial medications

Store emergency items in a closed bag or container, making them easy to find when needed, and preventing them from being projectiles in the event of a crash, especially in open cargo vehicles.

If you travel with an emergency kit, inventory your items to be sure everything is still working well, such as flashlight batteries. Check whether any food or medications may have expired.

From State Farm Communications

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