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Preparing an Emergency Kit For Your Vehicle Is Smart

If you get stranded on the side of the road in your vehicle, it's all about survival.

One of the first things you really need to make sure you have is some water, snacks that type of,” Linda Stevenson, a Disaster Program Manager at Red Cross said, “Something if you do get stranded on the side of the road that you have something to survive with.”

If you don't already have an emergency kit in your car, it's a good idea to get one now.  It has everything from jumper cables, flashlights, and much more.

Another great tip, is to stay in your car.

 “The reason being, is even if someone hits you, you're safer being hit inside the car than you would be outside the car,” Patterson said.

You should also stay in your car is because you need to retain as much body heat as possible.  Plus, it's easier to find your car than it is to find you.  Make sure the car is turned off.  If your vehicle is on, there is a risk carbon monoxide will get into your car, and that can be deadly.

Also, make sure to have extra coats and blankets in your car.  It's good to have, especially if you have passengers.  You also want to have blankets, food, and water for pets if they are traveling with you.

Another great top is to have a phone charger in your vehicle so you can call someone without having to worry about your phone dying.  Also, let someone know where you are going and how long you think it will take to get there.  If you haven't made it to your destination within a certain time frame, they can call for help.

Make sure other drivers can notice your vehicle on the side of the road.  You can use flares, or emergency triangles.

However, before you get in your vehicle make you have a full take of gas.  Especially if you know bad weather is on the way.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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