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Car Emergency Kits

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If you are planning a long drive, especially one where you will be on the road for at least six hours, you need to ensure that your car emergency kit is well stocked. The farther you go, the more likely something could go wrong. While relying on an auto club or roadside assistance plan is important, having a kit on hand to help you manage a crisis is a smart decision too.

Kit Basics

You can buy an emergency kit from a store or assemble one yourself. A customized kit can be beneficial, especially if you have specific needs such as diphenhydramine and ibuprofen to combat the effects of a bee sting on your allergic child.

All kits should include a flashlight, a second set of batteries, duct tape, road flares, battery jumper cables, and a spare tire or tire inflation kit. A set of tools, including screwdrivers, a hammer, and a mallet can also be placed in your car emergency kit.
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A fully charged cell phone is important as is a recharger or backup battery. Even so, the reception may be poor or broken in some areas.

Besides road flares, reflective triangles can also warn people as they approach your disabled vehicle. Reflective triangles are typically sold in groups of three and should be spaced at least 50 feet apart to warn approaching
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