Tips to help prepare your car for safe holiday travel

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(ABC4 News) Thousands of people plan to hit the road this holiday weekend, and the last thing you need is car trouble. That’s why it is always good to be prepared. Rich Woodruff, Director of Communications and Marketing with the Utah Red Cross, joined Brian Carlson with some tips.

Woodruff says it’s always a good idea to carry a car travel safety kit. Here are some of the items he recommends stashing in it:

Energy bars
Water
LED flashlights and/or headlamps and extra batteries
Portable snow shovel/Kitty litter
Jumper Cables
Windshield Washer Fluid
Rain Poncho
Extra battery phone charger
Duct tape. (There’s always a use for duct tape.)
Multi-purpose tool
Work Gloves
Extra medications
Whistle
blankets
Pet Supplies (If needed)
Tow Rope
First Aid Kit
Road flares or reflectors  
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If you have limited space in your vehicle, reduce your kit to just the basics:
First Aid kit.
Flashlight.
Multipurpose tool.
Jumper cables.
Road flares.
Bottled or packaged water/energy bars
Portable snow shovel

Woodruff says it’s also a good idea to give your car a good once-over for safety. Here’s a list of what to inspect: 

Check and maintain tire air pressure for better mileage
Check wiper blades
Make sure your spare is good and jack etc. complete
All lights working
Good tread on tires.
Top of windshield washer
 
Finally, one of the most important things is to know the weather along your route before you go. Be sure to inform those you are visiting what that route is, and your estimated time of arrival(ETA). If you get stranded, stay in the car and wait for someone to rescue you. Your car is your lifeboat. If it is particularly cold and you’re stranded, run your engine ten minutes per hour for heat.
 
For more tips on travel safety, visit RedCross.org.

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