What to keep in your emergency kit for your vehicle

Emergency kit for your car (KHQA/Marcus Espinoza)

Old man winter is getting quite comfortable in the Tri-States.

As the bitter cold grips our region, do you have what you need if you get stranded in your vehicle?

"Get your emergency kit, get out there and think about what you're doing," said Larry Schutte with Quincy Farm & Home.

An emergency kit can contain a few basic items that will help in an extreme situation.

"Your extra clothing, you're going to need something to munch on, some water. Like I said, some sand, some salt thrown in there just in case you get off the road. You want to make sure that cell phone charger is in there," said Schutte.

While it's not recommended to head out and drive during a winter storm or polar vortex, if you must, consider adding some HEET.

"This is the regular type of HEET, and then the other one, the red bottle has the iso heat fuel injector cleaner," said Schutte.

If you need to get out of a tough spot, a unique item will help you with that.

"We went back and got some cat liter, you can grab that and sprinkle that out. It's kind of handier than a 75 pound bag of sand," said Schutte.

Staying warm is the name of the game.

"Have some hand warmers, they're not very expensive, you got some deicer and another scraper you get get that ice off of that car," said Schutte.

Lastly, make sure you're able to call for help if you get into trouble.

"You want to make sure that cell-phone charger is in there. Make sure that phones fully charged if you're going to be travelling a long distance make sure that gas is topped off with that HEET," said Schutte.

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