Check the tread on your tires and replace them if they are too worn. Make sure tires are not over or under-inflated. When’s the last time you had the oil changed? Don’t forget to replace the oil filter. Check your fluids, including coolant. In short, if you haven’t had a tune up in a few years, please have it done now. Also, it may be a good idea to keep a “go phone” (inexpensive pay-as-you-go phone) or mobile in the glove compartment, already charged, to be used only for emergencies. Even old cell phones can still call 911 or 999 so please keep one charged and ready for use.
Always, and I do mean always, have an emergency car kit and an emergency medical kit in your car. Courtesy of Prepping for SHTF, I’m reposting “The Ultimate Emergency Car Kit” below. (Please go check out their site, it’s terrrific.)
1. Craftsman 154 pc Mechanics Tool Set # 35154
2. Coleman Cable 08662 25-Feet Heavy-Duty Booster Cables, 4-Gauge
3. Viair 00073 70P Heavy Duty Portable Compressor
4. Spare Tire
5. Clore JNC660 ‘Jump-N-Carry’ 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter
6. Siphon Pump
7. Pry Bar
8. Tow Strap
9. Tire Plug Kit
10. Nato Jerry Gas Can
11. Sleeping Bag
12. Heavy Duty Water Container
13. BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
14. The 2013 Road Atlas (Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States/Canada/Mexico)
15. Auto Repair For Dummies
16. BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio
17. Kelly Kettle Camp Stove
18. Gerber Folding Shovel
19. Medical Kit
20. Toilet Tissue Single Roll
21. Hatchet with Leather Sheath
22. Mountain House Just In Case Food
23. UltraFire 1000 Lumens LED Flashlight
24. 12×16-Foot 5-Mil Tarp
25. Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter
27. Black 550LB Military Nylon Paracord Rope 100 Feet
I always carry water in my car. I cycle it out every season to keep it fresh. I also have three bandanas (two grey, one in safety orange), a hand-crank flash light, flares, a white rag (universal symbol of distress for broken down cars to put on the antenna), a can of Fix-a-Flat, a list of contacts (people, places, numbers), a lighter and a few granola bars.
Everyone, please feel free to add any items you like to keep in your car for emergencies below in the comments so we can all benefit by sharing wisdom.
Play safer, work smarter, stay happy and be well.