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February 27, 2014

Emergency Items to Keep in Your Car

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Emergencies while driving are bound to happen and nearly impossible to avoid, so you might as well be prepared for the worst. There is nothing worse that being stranded on the side of the road with no emergency supplies. While there are a wide variety of emergency items that you should keep in your car, these are the five most important.

Jumper Cables

Jumper Cables are essential to getting back on the road if your battery dies. You do not want to wait around until someone else happens to have jumper cables to help you out when you can easily keep them in the trunk year-round. Keeping a set of jumper cables will insure that you never spend more than a few minutes stranded due to a dead battery.

Food

Car emergencies can happen at anytime and any location, so you have to be prepared for to wait a long time for help. While you will probably never be stranded on the side of the road for more than a few hours, but there is no reason to have to be hungry at the same time. Non-perishable food items that are high in calories, such as granola bars, are perfect to keep in your car for emergencies.

Water

It is essentially impossible to do anything while dehydrated, so that is one of the last things you want to happen when facing a car emergency. Storing a few water bottles in your trunk will make sure that you and any passengers will be able to get through your emergency with no problem on the hottest summer days.

Spare Tire

Flat tires are an unavoidable emergency that can happen at just about any time. If you run over one small item in the road that you did not see, then it has the potential to pop your tire. If you have a spare tire in your trunk, then you will be able to get back on the road in just a few minutes. There is no need to prolong your agony when the problem can be fixed with just a small spare tire in the trunk.

Warm Clothing

Car emergencies are far more likely to occur during the winter, so you will want to be prepared for a long stay in the cold weather. While you could keep the heat running in the car for a flat tire, this is not possible if your car stalls. A set of warm clothing will make being stuck out in the cold a lot more bearable.

Nobody wants to experience an emergency while driving, but it just makes a lot more sense to be prepared for the worst. If you pack these five items in your car, then you will be very thankful the next time you are stranded on the side of the road.

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