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Getting Prepared for the Approaching Winter Storm

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With another winter storm forecasted to hit Tuesday evening, now is the time to make sure you're prepared.

Experts say one of the biggest things you can and should do is keep a winter survival kit in your car. You can buy a kit or you can make your own.

Making a survival kit is easy and simple, throw the following items in a duffel bag or backpack and keep it in your car at all times.

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  • Red flag or emergency road triangle
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • Blankets
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  • Shovel
  • Flashlight
  • Extra hat and gloves

Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant, Jesse Grabow, reminds that you shouldn't become reliant on your cell phone for help but you should have it ready and charged. Adding a winter survival kit can save your life when you may have to wait for help to arrive.

"It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. It's all about planning ahead and being prepared, it's important and very simple to do," said Grabow.

One of the biggest mistakes Grabow says he sees drivers make when traveling in winter conditions, is not turning their headlights on.

Keeping headlights on, cruise control off, not following too close, reducing your speed and keeping your seatbelt on, are all critical when driving on winter roads.

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