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What to put in your car's emergency kit to prepare for winter

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Colder temperatures this week remind us of one inevitable fact: Winter is coming.

And with it brings icy roads, snow and dangerous driving conditions.

The best thing to do with winter right around the corner is to be proactive, say experts. Prep your car with an emergency kit and get your car checked out, too.

Perhaps the most important part of any emergency kit is your cell phone and car charger. These are key to making sure you are able to inform someone of where you are at and what happened to you.

Here are other important items to stash in your kit: (full list found here: http://www.beready.iowa.gov/)

- Jumper cables
- Fleece blanket
- First aid kit
- Road flares
- Foods high in calories: nuts, beef jerky, etc.
- Water
- Extra hats and gloves
- Ice scraper
- Reflective vest or clothing

In addition to prepping an emergency kit for your car, it's also important to prep your car itself.

Ron Vaughn, owner of Vaughn's Auto in Dubuque, says it's important to change your oil, flush your antifreeze, and check your tire, brakes and front end pieces.

The exhaust is another big thing to check, he says, although many people don't realize it.

"A lot of times your exhaust will get weak, and you don't even know it until there's snow on the road, and then it'll knock it off," Vaughn said. "So we start seeing a surge in exhaust repair."

He also said the number one problem they see during the winter is cars with dead batteries. 

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