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BE PREPARED: Keep Your Car Ready For The Cold

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With these freezing temperatures, frost bite can happen in as little as five to ten minutes.  So be prepared when going outside and when you hit the road.

It’s important that you plan ahead to be sure you and your family stay safe when taking a trip in the cold weather.  The Department of Transportation recommends these steps to have your car prepared for the cold…

  • Check your tires.
  • Keep your tank full.
  • Have a mechanic check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.

Don’t leave home without these items loaded in your car…

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Blanket
  • Snacks and water
  • Gloves and boots
  • A first-aid kit
  • Tire chains
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares.

Katie Hill with Iowa Methodist Medical Center says some of the worst cases involve travelers stranded without emergency kits in their cars.