Things You Should Keep in Your Car

Things You Should Keep in Your Car

There’s nothing like breaking down at the side of the road. To keep you safe and prepared, keep these items in your vehicle:

  • Spare tire (in good condition), along with a tire jack and tire iron, because without them or someone else to help you, the spare tire is useless.
  • Jumper cables, because dead batteries happen to the best of us.
  • Your car’s manual, which should be kept in the glove compartment.
  • Tire pressure gauge: Checking tire pressure on a regular basis can improve handling, increase fuel economy, and promote tire longevity.
  • Duct tape and WD-40
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Matches or other fire starter
  • Energy bars or MREs
  • Weather radio
  • Blanket, which comes in handy not just for keeping warm in emergencies, but also at the park, baseball stadium, etc.
  • Seat belt cutter and window breaker. Keep this in your glove compartment.
  • Flares or reflective triangle, so you don’t get hit at the side of the road in the dark.
  • Maps. Yes, the paper kind.
  • Ice scraper
  • Paper towels or a hand towel
  • Tissues or a roll of toilet paper
  • Pencil and paper
  • Umbrella
  • Spare change/emergency money

Are you prepared?

Nancy Roe
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