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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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PoehlerBear1983
by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM
I really need to get an emergency kit for my car
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bizzyx4
by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM
Totally happens.
My sister got in an accident one night and went to call her fiance to come help her and as she was dialing her phone died. She was terrified. It was winter, in Wyoming. She was in a dark brown car and off the road where no one could see her. Thank god she had two thick blankets in her car that night. Someone found her 13 hours later. Her nose and nose were frostbit and she was lethargic and confused. It was terrifying.


Quoting Hottmomma607:

Girl its not an scary movie or Lifetime movie where no cell phone works and your battery runs out! LOL It doesn't happen! Road side assistance can do wonders!



Quoting Rain2Rinse:

What if it dies?!!!!!!


Smh, obviously your corner is going to be very dark! Lol






Quoting Hottmomma607:

LOL I will not b/c it does!! :-P Smart phone!







Quoting Rain2Rinse:

You did NOT just say that your cell phone has a flashlight on it! Go to the corner!









Quoting Hottmomma607:

My cell phone has an flash light on it!
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Hottmomma607
by Trica on Sep. 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM
Wyoming I can understand! Glad your sister was ok!

Quoting bizzyx4:

Totally happens.

My sister got in an accident one night and went to call her fiance to come help her and as she was dialing her phone died. She was terrified. It was winter, in Wyoming. She was in a dark brown car and off the road where no one could see her. Thank god she had two thick blankets in her car that night. Someone found her 13 hours later. Her nose and nose were frostbit and she was lethargic and confused. It was terrifying.




Quoting Hottmomma607:

Girl its not an scary movie or Lifetime movie where no cell phone works and your battery runs out! LOL It doesn't happen! Road side assistance can do wonders!





Quoting Rain2Rinse:

What if it dies?!!!!!!



Smh, obviously your corner is going to be very dark! Lol








Quoting Hottmomma607:

LOL I will not b/c it does!! :-P Smart phone!









Quoting Rain2Rinse:

You did NOT just say that your cell phone has a flashlight on it! Go to the corner!











Quoting Hottmomma607:

My cell phone has an flash light on it!
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lizzig
by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

 not all, living in the south there are a few i don't need anymore.  i do have many plus some.

jumper cables

blankets & car pillows

first aid kit

spare tire

bungee cords

matches/lighters in a ziplock bag

small white towels (good to put in window in case of distress)

individual wet wipes

flashlight

windshield scrapper

reusable waterbottles

no snacks in the car but the being the mom of two i always have some in my bag

wandep
by Pam on Sep. 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM
No we don't.
othermom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

I have some of the itemsif we g out of town I add most of the rest

amyjane22
by Amy on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I have only 1 of those in my car.  I really need to make up an emergency kit!

BeachMommy07
by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

the Lifehammer is a VERY good idea.

justahousewife
by Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

We spend a lot of time off the beaten path so I have a survival pack in the car all the time, same one I carry on me when I'm hunting. I could pretty much set up camp and live happily for 4wks without worrying (longer if I had to). Talk about a vacation.

 

slw123
by Shawna on Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM
We have many of those.
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