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Smarter Home: Emergency Items For Your Car

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I don't own a car, as it just isn't essential in NYC. But my parents live in the country and my dad drives a lot. He travels from his small-ish town to larger cities about once or twice a week to run errands. Sundays, he drives to church, which is about 45 minutes away. He is travelling on mountain curves, over bridges, and just covering a lot of road. I always tell him to dive carefully, but lately I'm thinking he needs some safety gear in his car...just in case.

Like I did a few weeks ago when we chatted about home emergency preparedness kits, I checked out what we should all have in our cars for emergencies. Many of this stuff, I didn't even think about, but it makes total sense. Look over this list, folks: 


Folding shovel

Windshield scrapper

Emergency blanket or tarp

LifeHammer (in the glove compartment to cut through a seatbelt if needed)

Hand warmers (especially if you are in a cold climate)

Jumper cables

Spare tire

Duct tape

Non-perishable snacks (like granola bars or the like)

Water bottles

Clean rags

First aid kit

A bit of cash in small bills

Do you have all of these items in your car? What am I missing on this list? 


by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I have most of these

by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM
I have first aid supplies but not all the other stuff. Great idea!
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by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
No, I need to work on that.
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by Ruby Member on Sep. 16, 2012 at 8:08 AM

 forgot to add rain ponchos to my initial list.  i have one for each of us.  they are the cheap ones that come in bags but work great in an emergency.

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