We may be the home to the Motor City but, all roads that lead there are riddled with potholes, turkey vultures, black ice, regular turkeys, drifting snow, deer -- basically Frogger's worst nightmare.

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It's one thing to break down on I-94, I-75, or I-96 but, what about Michigan's backroads? Have you been to the Upper Peninsula? You can travel for miles without seeing a soul, let alone another driver, and that's on US 2 and M 28. If you deviate from either of those routes for too long there is a lot of ground to cover to find help.

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The UP isn't alone in having isolated roads. We trolls have a slew of long stretches between humanity as well, so being prepared for the worst is a pretty good idea.

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But since the weather in Michigan includes snowstorms in May and 71-degree days in January, it's hard to plan for everything our fine state can throw at you.

A Michigan 'In Case of Emergency' Car Kit for All Seasons


Let's face it, Michigan's most treacherous season is winter and therefore should be the season that you're thinking about the most when putting together your emergency car kit. The following list might sound like a lot, especially when you're wondering where to store it all, but with a bit of clever packing, the bulk of these items should fit in a backpack or gym bag that can live in your trunk.

16 Items That Should Be in Your Car in Case of a Road Emergency

Let's face it, road conditions and weather can cause some serious roadside issues and if you're unprepared, you could be left stranded, cold, hungry, and without help. Here are 15 items that should be in your vehicle in the event you're facing an emergency.

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