Car Survival Kit


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An emergency on the road can happen at any time, whether you're dashing across town or traveling across country.

To prevent bad weather or a breakdown from putting the brakes on your journey, the National Safety Council suggests:

Follow a regular tune-up schedule for your vehicle, keep a full tank of gas and, in winter, don't forget fresh anti-freeze.

Pack your car trunk with a survival kit

Carry in your trunk:

  • A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack.
  • Shovel.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Tow and tire chains.
  • Bag of rock salt or cat litter.
  • Tool kit.

Keep a "survival kit" in the car and replenish it after use. Stock it with:

  • Working flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Flares, reflective triangles and brightly colored cloth.
  • Compass.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Exterior windshield cleaner.
  • Ice scraper and snow brush.
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container.
  • Scissors and string/cord.
  • Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy.

If driving long distances--especially under cold, snowy and icy conditions--also carry supplies to keep you warm such as:

  • Heavy woolen mittens, socks and cap.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Emergency blankets or sleeping bags.

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