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Keeping a winter emergency kit in your car beneficial, police say

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Getting your car ready for the winter goes beyond just checking tire pressure and adding antifreeze.

If you get stranded, a car emergency kit could save your life. In an emergency, your cell phone could be your life line. So when traveling, always have it fully charged.

Quincy police officers say you need to have an emergency kit in your trunk, in case you get stranded. Some of the items in that kit should include a first aid kit, water and food, a blanket, and a flash light.

It's also a good idea to have extra dry clothes, including hats, gloves, socks, and boots. It doesn't take long for freezing temperatures to have drastic effects on your body.

"Hypothermia can set in rarely quickly depending on the temperature, age of the person. So just try and get help as soon as possible," Quincy Police Officer Mike Cirrincione said.

Another tip; if your car does it get stuck, it's best to sit in the car with the heat on, instead of trying to walk a long ways for help.

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