Stranded cars on highways have 48-hour warning

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Cars that are left unattended on highways across Kansas have 48 hours before they are towed. 

Kansas law reads as follow: "When a person leaves a motor vehicle on a public highway or other property open to use by the public, the public agency having jurisdiction of such highway or other property open to use by the public, after 48 hours or when the motor vehicle interferes with public highway operations, may remove and impound the motor vehicle."

AAA Kansas suggests that drivers check the condition of a car's engine, tires, and fuel levels before driving on roads.

"There are always crashes and you can hit a patch of ice. Things happen in the winter, so just being prepared for those, I think, is the best thing," said Shaw Steward, spokesperson.

Steward recommends having a winter weather or emergency kit in your car with a fully charged cellphone (and car charger), ice scraper, blanket, warm winter clothing, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, a bag of kitty litter or sand for traction, reflective triangles/flares, snow shovel and extra drinking water and snack.

AAA has the following tips to prepare cars for winter weather conditions.

  • Protect vehicle: If possible park car inside garage or under a cover like a carport.

  • Dry and lubricate surfaces: Wipe down and dry weather strips and surfaces around doors and windows. Apply a lubricant (WD40, cooking spray and even Vaseline work well) to the weather stripping to prevent freezing.

  • Windshield wipers: Pull wipers away from your windshield to prevent them from freezing to the windshield.

  • Use the right windshield washer solvent: Make sure windshield washer solvent is the correct type for winter. Summer rated solvents will freeze and can cause cracking and serious damage to the washer reservoir.

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