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Posted by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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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: 

Flashlight

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? 

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by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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bether89
by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM

 I have several of these in my car.

Hottmomma607
by Trica on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM
bump! I need to! Weather change! Got an 1st aid.
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dusky_rose
by Sue on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Fix-a-flat

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Hottmomma607
by Trica on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
No tire pump on the list? I have that! And AAA! Duh spare tire always!
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Hottmomma607
by Trica on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
My cell phone has an flash light on it!
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AstuteMama
by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Only if I owned a car. I would keep an emergency kit in my trunk.

Kainalu55
by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM

we have an airpump that plugs into the cigarette lighter in case my tire goes flat!

lasombrs
by Sara on Sep. 12, 2012 at 6:34 AM

we have non of it in the car. we try to and then we take things out as we need them and they never make it back in. we should try to work on it though since winter is coming soon

brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 6:41 AM

The little triangle road reflectors.

mrswillie
by CeeCee on Sep. 12, 2012 at 7:07 AM

great idea

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