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Be Prepared: 15 Things to Include in a Car Emergency Kit



Be Prepared: 15 Things to Include in a Car Emergency Kit

Having emergency items on hand can make a big difference when car trouble interrupts your travels.

Plan ahead. Having emergency items on hand can make a big difference when car trouble interrupts your travels. It may give you the tools you need to handle a minor emergency yourself … or to stay safe while you wait for roadside assistance.

Here are 15 things experts recommend you keep in your car at all times:

1. Two cans of Motor Oil

2. One Gallon of Anti-freeze/Coolant

3. Extra Fuses

4. Good Spare Tire, Jack, Sealant for Small Leaks

5. Emergency Flares, Warning Triangles, Cones

6. Fire Extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)

7. Empty Gas Can

8. Jumper Cables

9. Flashlight with Extra Batteries

10. Rags

11. Energy Bars or Other Non-Perishable Food

12. Bottled Water

13. Shovel

14. Tool Kit - Include screwdrivers, wrenches, small hammer

15. First Aid Kit Include bandages, antiseptic cream, instant heat and cold compresses, aspirin

It may seem like a lot of items, but if well packed, it won’t take up much room.

Place all these items in a waterproof bag or box and keep them somewhere they’ll be easily accessible. If possible, keep them in your trunk. And whenever you travel, take a fully charged cell phone with you, so you can call for help if you need it.

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