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What should you keep in your car for emergencies?

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:26:37 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 10 2013 06:24:45 AM EST

AAA suggests having an emergency kit in your vehicle


Now that winter weather is upon us, nobody wants to get stranded or stuck in a car out on the road. If that does happen, though, there are some items you should keep handy that can help.

Theresa Podguski with AAA East Central went over some of the items AAA recommends keeping in your car as part of an emergency road kit.

"You want to have a snow brush and scraper because before you get in the car, clear off the snow and ice completely because it is the law in Pennsylvania. We are responsible as drivers to make sure that our cars are completely clear of the snow and ice," she said.


"Cat litter or sand, some abrasive material that will help you with traction, you can sprinkle it down underneath the tires and it will give you additional traction," Podguski explained.

Other items AAA recommends keeping in your car include a snow shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, window washer solvent, cloth or paper towels, jumper cables, extra warm clothes, warning devices like flares or triangles, blankets, water and non-perishable food, first aid kit, basic toolkit, and a car charger for your cell phone.

Podguski recommends keeping a hard copy of emergency phone numbers in your car just in case you can't access them in your cell phone.

"It's really important to have that emergency kit in your car because you never know when you may need it. It's an insurance factor for you," she said.

AAA also recommends making sure your car is ready for the winter weather. Parts to check include lights, windshield wipers and fluid, tires and brakes.

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