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Top 10 things Indiana State Police say you should pack in your car during frigid temps

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With more snow on the way, what's in your car could save your life during an emergency. Indiana State Police say there are 10 things every driver should pack tonight.

The sights and sounds say winter. The first real blast of snow and ice hit Kentuckiana overnight Sunday. 

"Also picked up a blue Chrysler Sebring...we had to lynch out of the median, I believe," said Jaime Fleming of Midnight Towing. "They though it wasn't going to be as bad as as it was."

But before the ground thaws, another batch of snow is expected Tuesday, just in time for the drive to work. It leaves companies like Midnight Towing forecasting no rest.

"We're trying to prepare for that," Fleming said. "Make sure we have enough staff to take in phone calls, as well as on the roads, to get people out of the snow and ice."

Indiana State Police say there are 10 things every driver should put in their car right now. You'll recall that a blast of frigid weather last winter shut down I-65 for hours.

"Every one of these items is designed to help you survive," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the ISP.

Here is the list: 

1.) A first aid kit
2.) Warm blankets
3.) A flashlight with new batteries
4.) A candle and lighter
5.) Kitty litter or sand
6.) Shovel
7.) Cell phone
8.) High calorie snacks 
9.) Water 
10.) Battery jump pack, or at least jumper cables

"A  candle, believe it or not, may sound silly, but it will provide some heat and light, constant light in your automobile," said Goodin.

And kitty litter?

"A lot of times, if you get stuck, you can pour this under your tires and use it for traction," Goodin said. 

All totaled, the list comes in under $100, but Goodin says the benefits are priceless.

"We just need everybody to do it because you never know when you're going to be put in this situation," he said.

Other tips: Know where you are at all times, so that you will be able to give 911 a good location if you have to call them. Also, if you get stranded, get out and check to make sure your exhaust pipe is not blocked. Crack your window and turn on the dome light. 

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