10 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Car!

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To be a responsible driver, you should always be prepared for an emergency. It is inevitable that your car break down leaving your stranded. Even if you have a new car, things can go wrong.

For example, you might run out of gas or you might get caught in a snow storm. To avoid a towing bill or losing your life, you can gather emergency supplies in advance.

These items can be stored in the trunk of your vehicle for an emergency. The following items are things that every responsible driver should have in their car:

Owner’s Manual. Keep the owner’s manual in your glove compartment as a reference. The owner’s manual can give your directions such as how to change a tire or how to find the location and type of fuse to replace.

Cell phone. Always carry a cell phone with you in your car. With a cell phone, you can call a friend or 911 for help.

Bottled water. Try to keep at least a gallon of water in the trunk of your car. Not only can bottle water be used to keep you hydrated, but you might need to use it in the radiator of your car.

Sometimes radiator hoses can go bad causing your car to overheat. Never put water into the radiator while it is hot, since it can cause bodily harm.

Blankets. Blankets are useful if you are stranded in cold weather. You may have to spend several hours or nights in your car, and blankets can keep you warm.

Emergency clothing. Additional clothing stored in your vehicle may help keep you warm in cold weather.

Ice Scrapper. These can be valuable tools to remove ice from your windshield.

First aid kit. A first aid kit is useful if you are involved in an accident and need medical assistance. Antiseptic can clean wounds and prevent infection, while bandages can prevent bleeding.

Tire Repair Kit. Tire repair kits are beneficial when you are faced with a flat tire. Within the kit, you can also include a can of fix-a-flat as a temporary tire fix until you can get to a gas station.

Flash light. Keep a flashlight in your car to help you see at night, if you are ever stranded and need to change a tire. Remember, to check the batteries often to maintain it.

Portable Battery Charger. This can be plugged into a cigarette lighter to recharge batteries for flashlights.

Duct tape. Duct tape can repair hoses and provide a temporary fix until you can get to a gas station.

Emergency money. Try to keep some emergency spare bills in your wallet in case you need to give someone some money for gas or for a tip.

Jump Cables. Keep a set of jump cables in your car in case your car won’t start. Usually if someone is around, you can ask someone to jump your car to get it started.

By storing the proper emergency supplies in your car trunk, you will be prepared for vehicle break- downs or accidents.

If you are caught in a rural area in which there is no one around to help, you may have the supplies needed to provide a temporary fix until you can get somewhere where you can get some help. Being prepare can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary stress.

Sebastian Webb works for a car company in Florida, meeting everyday with both satisfied and troubled drivers and car owners. 

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