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Is Your Sleigh Ready For Christmas?

Sonora, CA — Plenty of you have planned to hit the roads this Christmas, but have you prepared for a possible roadside emergency?

The Mother Lode was already slammed with a winter storm and deep freeze. The Sonora Police Department wants to know what is in your car. Here is the Department’s list of emergency must haves.

CREATE YOUR OWN ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT

• Spare tire, properly inflated – check every 6 months
• Car jack and lug wrench – fits your car and know how to work it
• Pre-program cell phone with the 800 number for auto club roadside service
• Call law enforcement for assistance to get off the highway to safety

Kit Basics:

  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Four 15-minute roadside flares
  • Emergency red reflector triangle 
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Rags
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Help sign (at least 8 inches)
  • Energy bars (change yearly)
  • Bottled water (change yearly)
  • Blanket
  • Extra vehicle fuses
  • Small tool kit
  • Heavy duty nylon bag and nylon rope (at least 12 feet)
  • Plastic tarp
  • Jacket, gloves and hat

Possible Extras:

  • Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)
  • A quart of motor oil
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Pocketknife
  • Ice scraper
  • Paper Towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Bungee cord
  • 12″ Rain poncho
  • Cable ties
  • Work gloves
  • Small fire extinguisher (ABC rated and checked yearly)

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