Eight Items to Always Keep in Your Car

Nobody plans on getting stranded, but every year thousands of people find themselves on the side of the road with a slowly dying cell phone and no idea what to do next. You may not be able to prevent your car from unexpectedly breaking down or getting stuck in nasty weather, but you can be prepared for when it does happen.

1. Food and Water

Obviously you can’t pack a picnic to put in your trunk every time you leave home, but you can pack a few bottles of water and some healthy food like protein bars that will be filling enough to keep you going.

2. Old Cell Phone

Did you know that you can call 911 from any cell phone even if it has been deactivated? Charge up your old phone, and then shut it off and leave it in your glove box.

3. Road Flares

Some emergency car kits come with road flares, but most don’t. If you are stranded, especially in bad weather, road flares can be a useful tool for catching the attention of emergency workers who can rescue you.

4. Road Map

Everyone has GPS at their fingertips these days, but what do you do when technology fails? When your GPS stops getting service, or your cell phone dies, a paper map is still a reliable standby.

5. Tire Repair Kit

Tire plug patches can get you back on the road if you hit a nail or something sharp. A can of Fix-A-Flat can also help if you have a slow leak. They aren’t permanent fixes but they can get you to the next shop where you can get a new tire.

6. Fire Extinguisher

Small, handheld fire extinguishers should be in every car. If you start seeing smoke, make sure you call 911 first, but you may be able to keep the fire from spreading out of control.

7. Battery Charger

Your flashlights, radios and other electronics all require batteries. A solar-powered battery charger is small and portable.

8. Blankets

If you end up spending the night in your car, you will definitely want a blanket to keep you warm. You can turn your car on long enough to warm it up, and then shut it back off to save fuel.

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