(WPRI) - If you absolutely have to go out during a winter storm, make sure your car is well-stocked to avoid any potential problems.
Being stuck on the side of the road is scary, even when the weather is cooperating.
Eyewitness News spoke with AAA of Southern New England, to learn more about how to prepare your vehicle in case you need to leave your home.
Just as any home should have items ready if the power goes out, vehicles should be stocked in case you get stranded.
Some items AAA suggests:
- reflective vest
- jumper cables
- folding shovel
Never leave without at least half a tank of gas. If you are stranded and need to heat up, only turn your car on for 15 minutes at a time. In addition, make sure snow does not build up around exhaust pipes.
If you are broken down completely, release the hood so officials know there is a problem. Stay in the car and keep your seatbelt secured.
Keep in mind, the NOAA says 70% of deaths relating to winter storms happen in a car.
Whether it's an accident caused by icy conditions, or running out of gas in the middle of the storm, preparing ahead of time is the best way to stay safe.
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