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Rescue Workers Stress Preparing for Emergencies While Driving in Winter

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While most people understand the importance of slowing down and driving safely, in the often hazardous Winter conditions, many still find themselves stranded by the side of the road.

Rescue workers say it is important to be prepared, if you should get your car stuck.

They suggest keeping your gas tank full in case you need to keep warm, and always have a charged cell phone on hand.

It is also recommended to keep an emergency kit in the vehicle, with items like a flashlight, clothing, blankets, shovels, and items to improve traction, such as sand or kitty litter.

"You never know when it's going to happen.  It can happen to you at any time and you don't know where you're going to be when it happens, so you've got to be prepared and have your kit with you," says Captain Randy Norman from the Cadillac Fire Department.

First responders say it's also important for drivers to watch out for tow trucks and other emergency vehicles that stop to help stuck vehicles.