Since they are "predicting" an icy, winter mess for Thursday in the area, it can't hurt to make sure your car is prepared if you run off the road or get stuck in nasty traffic.
Some tips from State Farm list the 7 items you should always keep in your car and what to do if you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road.
According to State Farm, the seven items are:
When State Farm and KRC Research surveyed 1,010 drivers nationwide, they found that 99 percent of us have at least one of these items in our trunk, but only 9 percent have all seven. And that's not all. You should open your trunk at least twice a year and test the equipment to make sure it's working properly. After all, a flashlight with dead batteries won't do you any good. Make sure the spare tire is inflated, the first aid supplies are current and the water is fresh. Also, be sure your cell phone charger is compatible with either a power outlet or a USB port in your car. Communication capability can be the number one lifeline in some roadside emergency cases.
What do you do if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road? State Farm offers this advice: