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What to Have in Your Trunk In Case of Emergency

Posted by Gloria Heath on Mon,Nov 26, 2012 @ 03:38 PM

iStock 000001575300XSmallYou never know when an emergency is going to happen. Although you may not be a Boy Scout, it’s still good to be prepared. Here are some essentials for your trunk that will help you in case of an auto emergency.

First aid kit
A good kit should include bandages, gauze, antiseptic, scissors, tweezers, pain medication, compress, burn relief paids or ointments, eye pads and eye wash and latex gloves.

If you happen to be stranded in the dark, a flashlight will become your best friend. LEDs are the best, as they’re more reliable. You also might consider a hand-crank powered one so that you don’t have to worry about dead batteries.

Flares burning always indicate for drivers to slow down, be careful, and watch out for something ahead. They can help direct other drivers and help secure the accident scene.

Jumper Cables
These will help bring you back to life should your battery die. It can temporarily get you to a repair shop so that your battery can be checked out. 

If you happen to get stuck in cold weather, a blanket can help keep you warm. It could also be used to lay an accident victim on if the injuries were severe. You can buy waterproof blankets - or ones that can be converted into a hooded poncho.

Gas Can
A gas can is essential if you run out of gas. A small one is easy to carry and should hold enough to get your deserted car back to a station.

A crowbar would be handy to pry open a stuck door, window fixture, or fix a tire...a multi-purpose tool!

Rope or Bungee Cord 
These can be used to tie down a trunk, tie something to the roof, make an emergency fan belt, or secure items in a trunk. 

Mini Compressor
If your tires look low, pump them up with a mini compressor. Cordless ones are most convenient; second would be ones with long cords to plug into the cigarette lighter.

You also might consider non-perishable snacks, bottled water, a utility tool, a fire extinguisher, old towels, gloves, duct tape, or a shovel. Especially when going into remote areas, make sure you are prepared. After all, it might just save your life.

Topics: safety


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