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How to Outfit Your Car for Emergencies

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Establish a basic roadside kit. This might include a spare cell phone, CB radio or other communication device. An intact spare tire is necessary for all circumstances. Keep some minor maintenance tools on hand, like a jack, lug wrench and jumper cables. A gallon of water in the drunk can come in handy for radiator problems, squirters or plain, old drinking water in emergencies. A fix-all utility knife, like a Leatherman, is a nice gadget to have.

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Stock your first-aid kit appropriately. Obviously, keep minor medications and health items in there, like pain relievers, disinfectants, bandage material, etc. But keep things like thermal blankets, scissors, insect- and bite-treatment solutions and a whistle. It's a good idea to invest in a small first-aid guide that offers basic instructional steps for minor medical procedures.

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Invest in extreme acts of nature kits. This includes earthquake and snow-country materials. Flashlights, blankets, water supply, rain gear, matches/lighter and tire chains can be lifesavers given some pretty bad circumstances.

Tips and Warnings

  • Not all medications are appropriate for all people. Before breaking out the first aid kit, consider the patient's age, special conditions (such as pregnancy), and health issues.
  • Read your first aid quick-reference card before you put it in your automobile. It takes only minutes and may keep you from doing something foolish or harmful.

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