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Emergency Kits for a Car

31 Jan Blog | Comments

Earth’s weather is ever changing. Places that normally get a few inches of rain a season are flooding. Places that barely see snow are getting buried, shutting their city down for days. Places that have never seen a tornado are being flattened by them.

With the weather being so unpredictable it is very important to be prepared at all times. The best way to be prepared all the time is by having an emergency kit for your car. Emergency kits are important in case you ever get stranded. Although emergency kits can vary from region to region all emergency kit should have the following:

  1. Water – there should be at least 1 gallon of water for every person in your family, to last for 3 days.
  2. First Aid Kit – although a basic first aid kit is great here having a bit more is a good idea. It is also important to keep on hand any medications that are taken regularly.
  3. Food – is important to have but it is not as important as the water. It is important however to have nonperishable food, that will last a while, so you don’t have to change it out every 3 to 6 months. Tip: sure you include a manual can opener.
  4. Jumper Cables – are important because many people who get stranded have a flat tire or a dead battery. So now is also a good time to mention, make sure you have a jack and a spare tire.
  5. Toolkit – with just the basics: screwdriver, wrench, and pliers are all you really need most of the time.
  6. Flashlight(s) – make sure to have batteries.
  7. Blankets/Extra Clothes – are important to keep in the car because, even in warm areas, the nights can get cold.
  8. Car Charger – but be careful when using the charger because it can wear your battery out faster, so just use it sparingly.
  9. Radio – should be either hand cranked or battery-operated.
  10. Baby/Pet Supplies – if you have a baby and/or a pet you know they require special items. It’s a good idea to have those special items on hand as well. Items like: diapers, bottles, pacifiers, etc. for baby and pet food, chew toys, etc. for the pets.

It is also essential that you maintain your car. In order for your car to work properly keep you as safe as possible it needs to have: all the lights working, good tires with the right amount of air in them, brakes that work, the right level of oil and antifreeze, and windshield wipers that work. By keeping your car in working order you have a better chance at not ending up stranded.

No one wants to have to think about bad things happening, especially natural disasters. However, when cities are shut down they can run out of essential items like water, food, etc. So, not thinking about the possibility can leave a person unprepared and ultimately the environment could kill that person. By having essential items in your car at all times you at least have a shot.



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