Drivers could be stuck with just trunk junk

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OKLAHOMA CITY — While our state has dodged the worst part of the winter weather that is hitting surrounding states, insurance experts say you should always be prepared in case bad weather strikes.

According to a new study by State Farm and KRC Research, more than 60 percent of drivers had just junk in their car.

While 99 percent of driver had one emergency supply, less than 10 percent of people carried all the essential emergency roadside supplies needed when disaster strikes.

Those necessary supplies include:

  • Jumper cables
  • A spare tire
  • Hazard triangles/road flares
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Blanket

The survey found that sedan drivers are less likely to carry emergency items compared to SUV and truck owners.

Also, most drivers said they did not check their supplies twice a year to make sure that they are in working order.

If you are stranded on the road, experts suggest:

  • Pulling off the highway, turn on your hazard lights and use a road flare or reflectors to signal attention.
  • If you have a cell phone, call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher.
  • Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
  • Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
  • Open a window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t waste your vehicle’s battery power. Balance electrical energy needs with supply.
  • At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle at all times.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times during bad weather.

For more tips, head to the State Farm Learning Center.