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Troopers urge people call for help if they see stranded drivers in the cold

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Cold weather has the S.C. Highway Patrol urging drivers to stock their cars with non-perishable items and things to keep you warm, they also want you to call them if you see a stranded driver. 

A state trooper tweeted Tuesday that with bitterly cold temperatures during your commute, dial Highway Patrol for assistance and report stranded drivers. He also said to keep your phone fully charged.

Corporal Bill Rhyne said not everyone has a cell phone to call for help. Rhyne said cars can break down, or because of the cold, sometimes the engine won't start.

"We've had a very mild winter up until this point, you don't know if there car is actually running, or of they could have a flat tire or something like that and the last thing that we want to happen, is for somebody to sit out there on the side of the interstate, especially or be out on any road with these types of temperatures," Rhyne said. 

He advises that you plan ahead, and make sure you're car is serviced. He said you can call *HP if you are stranded or for someone else, and  a few items he recommended keeping in your car are some non perishable items, a flashlight, and a blanket and always keep your phone charged and keep a full tank of gas.

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