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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.


• 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)
  • Sonora Police Department