Make an Emergency Car Kit

With these emergency essentials, you'll be ready for anything that happens during the hours spent on the road en route to your summer vacation destination.

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Car safety kits can be purchased in the auto department of any discount store. Or compile your own in a duffel bag. Here's what to include:

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  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Emergency flares
  • Lighter or strike-anywhere matches
  • Tire gauge
  • Tools: small hammer, screwdriver, pliers, pocket knife
  • Bungee cords
  • Motor oil and windshield washer fluid
  • Gas can
  • First-aid kit
  • A phone book or address book with emergency numbers
  • Auto paperwork: proof of insurance, car registration, service reports, accident reports, warranties, driver's manual
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Extra cash and change
  • Disposable camera (for documenting an accident)
  • Blanket, gloves and hat, rain poncho
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Rope
  • Compass

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