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In 'Bone-Chilling' Weather, Motorists Advised to Have 'Survival Bag'

Maryland State Police troopers will be on "high alert" looking for stranded motorists while weather forecasts are calling for record low temperatures.

Motorists are urged to be prepared during extremely cold weather conditions. Patch file photo
Motorists are urged to be prepared during extremely cold weather conditions. Patch file photo
With cold weather advisories across the state and weather forecasts calling for bone-chilling, sub-zero temperatures and wind chill values, Maryland State Police officials are asking area motorists to make sure they and their vehicles are prepared and properly equipped for the winter weather.

Motorists should keep a "survival bag" in their cars, which should include a blanket, flashlight with batteries, flares, jumper cables and extra bottles of antifreeze and windshield washer fluid, according to a statement released by the agency.

Vehicle owners should check the tire pressure and tread, battery and fluid levels, and also make sure they have a spare tire in good condition with proper air pressure.

State troopers have been directed to be on "high alert" for disabled vehicles for the next couple of days, when forecasters are calling for  record low temperatures, according to the statement.

Troopers will work with the State Highway Administration's Coordinated Highway Action Response Team to assist disabled motorists as quickly as possible, according to Col. Marcus L. Brown, superintendent of the state police agency.

Drivers are reminded to use their cellphones to dial 911 or *77 in the case of a roadside emergency.
Cheryl Parks-Weidley January 06, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Sounds prudent to me. I have a funeral service I hope to attend & I will have water, my cell phone and a snack for that almost midday run. A blanket may be good but maybe I'll toss the sleeping bag in the back, too.

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