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Nearly all drivers could improve what is in their trunk to be better prepared for roadside emergencies, according to a new survey.

What's in Your Trunk? Protection from Cold Weather for Stranded Motorists

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Nearly all drivers could improve what is in their trunk to be better prepared for roadside emergencies, according to a new survey. Nearly all drivers could improve what is in their trunk to be better prepared for roadside emergencies, according to a new survey.
Nearly all drivers could improve what is in their trunk to be better prepared for roadside emergencies, according to a new survey.

A survey put together by State Farm and KRC Research shows two-thirds of drivers had some sort of "junk" in their trunk ranging from car detailing equipment to toys and used food or drink containers.

Getting rid of the "junk" (non-emergency supplies) and adding the right supplies will help people deal with the unexpected and get back on the road, insurance officials said.
 
When it comes to being prepared for roadside emergencies, men are more likely than women to have at least one of the essential supplies in their trunk, according to the survey.

Essentials include jumper cables (64% of men vs. 53% of women), a flashlight (62% of men vs. 48% of women), and a first aid kit (47% of men vs. 40% of women), according to the survey.
 
"Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. Whether it's because of a flat tire, an empty fuel tank or treacherous conditions like ice or fog, it's important to be prepared," State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson said.

"These new findings highlight the importance of having the right emergency equipment so you can safely get back on the road sooner," Gadson said.

If driving conditions turn treacherous and leave you stranded, these emergency roadside items can help you stay safe until help arrives.

  • Hazard triangle (with reflectors) or road flares
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Spare tire
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing
  • Cell phone and charger
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction
  • Brightly colored distress sign or "Help" or "Call Police" flag
  • Candle/matches, lighter, and/or flashlight
  • Tarp for sitting or kneeling in the snow for exterior work like a tire change

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