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First Aid Tools for Your Car 


f you’re the owner of a car or are seriously considering purchasing one, then you definitely need to be prepared for emergency situations. In this article, we will give you a list of first aid tools that every car owner should have in his or her possession.


Portable Flashlight: No car or home should be equipped without a flashlight. You never know when you’ll get stuck out in the dark and a flashlight can make a world of difference. The best kind of flashlight is the kind that runs on batteries since those that plug into the ignition might not work if your battery is dead.


Jumper Cables: You never know when you’re going to need a jump, and not everyone carries them around so make sure that you purchase and store some cables in your trunk. When choosing jumper cables, don’t be cheap. Get cables with cooper wire and not aluminum and get the heavy ones.


Flares: If your car stops suddenly, you’ll need to put up emergency flares that will keep fast-moving traffic from slamming into the back of your car, simply because they didn’t see you. We recommend that you keep at least 10 in your car packed in a waterproof bag.


Spare Tires: Make sure that you have a spare, a donut and a jack to fix those unexpected flat tires. Also, make sure that you know how to change a tire before you get a flat.


Tools: Make sure that you pack such items as vice grips, an army knife, scissors, screwdriver and an adjustable wrench.


Miscellaneous:  Make sure that you include hand cleaners, duct tape, radiator leak sealants, a gas carrier, road atlas, compass, stash of goodies (chocolate, pudding or granola in case you get stuck out and no restaurants can be reached). You may also want to include such items like a blanket or sleeping bag, raincoat and a sign that says, “Please Send Help”. These will all prove to be very valuable in case of an emergency.


Cell Phone: Most of us own a cell phone.  However, even if you’re one of the few who does not believe in carrying around a cell phone, you may want to consider buying (or even borrowing one) before going on a trip.  Today, you don’t have to sign long-term contracts with a cell phone company, you can buy a pre-paid, or re-loadable phone.  Did you know that even a phone that is not loaded with minutes can still be used in case of an emergency?  Most, if not all cell phones are set up so that you can call 9-1-1 free of charge in case of an emergency.  If you travel frequently, this is something you may want to consider.  Also, be sure you carry a battery charger for the phone.  It won’t do you any good to have a cell phone if you’re unable to use it because the battery is dead. Remember, a cell phone could save your life and those of your passengers!


By packing all of the above before a trip, you can be assured that you will be prepared for any emergency!


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