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North Dakota Highway Patrol urges people to prepare for the worst when driving in freezing cold

They give us tips you can follow to stay safe, when heading out this winter.

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The North Dakota Highway Patrol says people should make sure to bring a shovel to clear away snow from their tail-pipe, to make sure carbon monoxide doesn't back up into their car.
Ben Morris / WDAY News

FARGO — On a day like Friday, Jan. 7, a cup of water can freeze out in the cold in just over 20 minutes.

State troopers are asking people to fill their gas tanks before heading out, and say they should let someone know where their going and to bring a phone charger just in case of an emergency.

"If you do break down, make sure you stay with your vehicle. It's always safer inside. Turn your flashers on, have an emergency preparedness kit with extra clothes, water, food," said North Dakota State Trooper Bennett Stege.

Stege also says people should make sure to bring a shovel to clear away snow from their tail pipe, to make sure carbon monoxide doesn't back up into their car.

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