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Pack up: Necessary supplies for winter driving

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:27:29 PM

The winter season is a great time to purchase a vehicle. Car dealerships often use this time to start clearing out 2012 inventories to make way for newer models, which often yields great savings and bargain prices for prospective buyers.

However, once a consumer secures auto financing and drives their new car off the lot, they should take a few measures to ensure they're prepared for a emergency that can result from driving in winter weather.

"Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours," says State Farm vehicle safety expert Robert Medved. "From icy waters splashing up on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to fog covering the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it's important to be prepared."

Although the majority of drivers have a few standard emergency supplies in their vehicle, such as a spare tire or jack, there are other items that can be especially beneficial in the cold weather.

For example, some types of car batteries don't do well in the cold, so it be smart to have jumper cables on hand. In addition, a flashlight, water, blanket and first aid kit are a few other supplies often overlooked by car owners.