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State Farm survey: Most drivers not prepared for emergencies

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A new survey by State farm and KRC Research shows that 67 percent of drivers had some sort of junk in their trunk instead of the essential items needed to make sure their car is safe and working properly.

The survey also showed that men were more likely to have at least one of the essential supplies in their vehicles in case an emergency happened.

"Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. Whether it's because of a flat tire, an empty fuel tank or treacherous conditions like ice or fog, it's important to be prepared," said Justin Tomczak, Spokesman for State Farm, in a statement. "These new findings highlight the importance of having the right emergency equipment so you can safely get back on the road sooner."

Only five percent of drivers carried all the emergency roadside equipment, which includes jumper cables, spare tire, hazard triangle/road flares, flashlight, first aid kit, windshield scraper, water, non-perishable food and a blanket.  

"Ensuring that the roadside emergency equipment in your vehicle works properly is often overlooked," Tomczak said in a statement. "In fact, according to the State Farm survey, a majority of drivers with emergency car supplies are putting themselves at risk by failing to regularly check that their equipment is working properly. The only thing worse than getting a flat tire is finding out that your spare is also flat."

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