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10 Must-Haves for Your Car for Holiday Travel

Cameron Huddleston

Make sure you're prepared before hitting the road.



Several states -- from the Dakotas to North Carolina -- saw their first significant snowfall of the season this past weekend. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting another winter of extremes. So if you're planning to travel in the coming weeks for the holidays, it pays to be prepared.

That means you might want to spend a little money now to buy emergency items for your vehicle to avoid headaches -- and worse -- if bad weather strikes while you're driving over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house. Here are auto insurer Progressive's top ten must-haves for your vehicle before you hit the road this holiday season.

1. First-aid kit
2. Bottled water
3. Jumper cables
4. Emergency phone numbers of family and friends
5. Insurance information
6. Fire extinguisher
7. Empty gas can
8. Flares
9. Spare tire
10. Jack

Progressive also advises motorists to check your tires and buy new ones if the treads are worn so you'll have enough traction in the snow. Stock up on supplies, such as an ice scraper, small shovel, flashlight, batteries, blanket and an emergency sign. Keep plenty of gas in the tank to prevent the fuel line from freezing and to ensure you won't run out of gas if you're stranded in traffic during a heavy snowfall. And fix your car's heating system now if it isn't working properly.

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