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CarKit

So my wife and I were discussing what the cars need for the upcoming snow storms we are plagued with during the winter.  I was unfortunately at loss to what I should have in my car for emergencies.  I felt foolish and looked up some information to help me.  I really liked what this site said and felt that it was applicable. This is not any original information from me but I hope it helps you. We are starting to get ours ready now.  Small moves people small moves ( but hurry)

Auto Escape Tool — In case your car is submerged in water, this handy gadget has two small steel tips designed to break a window with one or two blows, and a sharp blade to slice through seatbelts. Some models are fluorescent, which makes them more visible in the dark or under murky water. Usually this tool can be clipped to your keychain, or attached to your visor.

 Blanket — Use it to cover hot car seats in the summer months, or to stay warm should you get stranded in the winter.

Can Opener — Anyone who’s ever been stranded with cans of food and nothing to open them with knows the importance of one of the world’s  most basic kitchen appliances.

Cell Phone Charger — Buy a cell phone charger that works in a car lighter.

Cleaning Items — You need wet wipes, tissues and plastic trash bags — good for trash or a carsick child.

Extra (Hidden) Cash — It’s best to forget about this stash of cash until you absolutely need it, maybe to purchase a few gallons of gas or to pass through a toll booth.

Fire Extinguisher — A fire extinguisher is a must if you’re driving an older car prone to having an overheated engine.

First-aid Kit — Get two that are well-equipped — one that can easily be reached from the front seat and one for the back seat. Each should contain antiseptic; cleanser and ointment packets; bandages; scissors; tweezers; gauze; instant cold packs; latex gloves and a first-aid guide.

Flashlight — Purchase a wind-up flashlight, and you’ll never have to worry about dead batteries.

Jumper Cables — Look for the compact, coiled type that fit neatly into their own bag.

Liquid Latex — This miracle-in-a-can seals small holes in tires.

Matches — If you have to stay overnight in your car and make a campfire somewhere beside it, the last thing you want to worry about is how to start a fire rubbing two sticks together.

Meal Kit — Keep non-perishable items like packs of crackers, dried fruit, peanut butter, energy bars and even canned tuna with pop-top lids in your car at all times.

Maps — The old, still-difficult-to-fold standby works wonders, even if you think you know where you’re going.

Pencil and Notepad — You might need this in case of a car accident, so you can jot down the other drivers’ information, or for writing down                      instructions from 911 or directions.

Snow Scraper — You might also need a small shovel and a snowbrush. But if your area primarily deals with ice conditions, a snow or ice scraper will do.

Telephone Book — Or program the number to Google 411 into your phone — 46645. Just send a text with the business name (or a general term), city and state to this number, and the address and phone number will be sent back to you — for free (though standard text message rates apply).

Towel — This is helpful for spills or protecting steering wheels and seats from the sun.

Warning Light or Road Flares — If you’re in an accident — especially at night — make yourself more visible to rescue personnel and other drivers.

Water — Carry a plastic jug full of water to drink and a spray bottle to provide a quenching mist in extreme heat. In case your engine overheats, that water can also be the lifesaver for your car.

Whistle — If you’re stuck somewhere that you can’t be seen, at least make yourself heard.

Information taken from the following site,

http://www.autotrader.com/research/article/advice-car-family-safety-tips/34822/what-to-keep-in-your-car-in-case-of-emergency.jsp

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