On The Open Road, You Can Never Be Too Prepared

Road trips are a fun, common getaway for most drivers. You've been planning a trip for ages; you've packed swim trunks, flip flops, batteries for the camera, a phone charger, maybe some extra sunscreen.

But are you prepared if a roadside emergency happens? It's an event that no one wants to think about, yet everyone should prepare for. Store bought kits are available, or you can build your own. Here are some basic items that you should keep in your car at all times to help you in an emergency.
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or triangle reflectors
  • An extra quart of motor oil
  • A gallon of coolant
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Snacks, such as granola bars or trail mix
  • Bottled water
  • Blanket, and if you live in a cold climate possibly extra gloves and hat
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, that should be checked often
  • Tool kit containing basic tools
  • Paper towels or possibly just a spare towel
  • Ice scraper (if snow is a possibility)
  • Pen and paper
  • First-aid kit (bandaids, gauze, alcohol pads)
  • An old cell phone & charger (most cell phones can dial 911, even with no provider!)
While making a kit seems overwhelming, it will last years with minimum upkeep and can be a lifesaver if you ever need it!
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