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Winter weather and unexpected delays can leave drivers stranded

Don’t get stuck without these items

When the weather outside gets frightful, not all of us have the option of staying home by the fire because we do have places to go. So when it snow, snow, snows, and you have places to go, make sure you’ve done a trunk transfer to be sure you’ll be prepared if you get stuck in the cold.

The trunk is the perfect place to store all sorts of goodies that think we may need when we’re out and about. But what we carry and what we need if we get stuck in the elements can vary.

Nearly 1 in 5 of yearly weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. Approximately 70% of the US populations lives in a region that receives five or more inches of snow each year. With winter storms and heavy snows in the forecast, State Farm encourages drivers to prepare their vehicles for safe travel as road conditions become hazardous.

The essentials should include standard roadside hazard items such as a hazard triangle, jumper cables, tire changing tools and a first aid kit. But think about if you get stuck for an extended period… what else will you need to keep you warm, connected, and able to survive?

Start by getting rid of the "trunk junk" and adding the right supplies. This will help you deal with the unexpected and get back on the road. Keep these emergency essentials in your trunk during winter:

Stay warm

  • Hats, gloves, scarves and blanket.
  • Hand & foot warmers. 
  • Wool socks.     

Stay visible & connected

  • Flashlight & extra batteries.
  • Bright cloth to tie on your car or flares.
  • Phone charger and make sure all cell phones and tablets are fully charged.

Stay storm-ready

  • Jumper cables or external battery charger.
  • Small snow shovel & ice scraper.
  • Fire extinguisher & wiper fluid.

Some items to check and talk to your mechanic about before a storm:

  • Test the battery strength.
  • Check the cooling system, windshield wiper and antifreeze fluid levels and change the oil.
  • Consider changing the spark plugs.
  • Check the tire pressure, tread life and consider installing winter tires.
  • Locate the spare tire, jack and ice scraper.
  • Inspect your wiper blades to make sure they're functional and in good condition.
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