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Make sure your car has an emergency kit

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YAKIMA--With freezing temperatures here to stay, Washington State Patrol troopers want to make sure you're ready for an emergency on the highways.

Flashlights, batteries, jumper cables:  they're just a few of the items troopers say you should have with you.

Road closures and delays are likely in winter weather, especially if you're crossing the passes.

First aid kits can also come in handy and if you take regular medication, take some with you.

"If someone doesn't have an emergency kit and they are stuck in traffic [without] their prescription medications, they now are a medical emergency out on the highway," Sgt. Ed McAvoy, Washington State Patrol, said.  "We have to get to them somehow."

Along with medicine, McAvoy suggests bringing blankets and even extra sets of clothing in case you get lost or stranded.

To avoid that, troopers suggest bringing maps or a GPS system.

For a complete list of items to pack in an emergency vehicle kit, along with other driving kits, visit the web site below.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/

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