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4 Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Car

4 Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Car

We always talk about being prepared at home when disaster strikes but it’s just as important to recognize that roadside emergencies can happen spontaneously without warning. To understand if you’re adequately prepared for an emergency roadside situation, you must ask yourself if you can spend the night in your car safely.

Whether you find yourself with a flat tire or a dead battery, here are the top 4 tools you didn’t know you needed in your car:

1. Food & Water | It seems obvious that you’d need food and water if you find yourself stranded in your car, however, you’d be surprised how many people don’t keep an emergency stock available for themselves. Think about it, do you have a can opener and non-perishable cans in in yours right now? Try to keep at least a three-day supply of food and water in your car for emergency situations.


2. Flashlight | If you find yourself stranded in your car at night, would you feel safe walking three, five, ten miles in the dark? The good news is most cell phones are equipped with a flashlight; however, you’ll still want to have a battery-operated flashlight in your car. Usually it’ll have more power than your cell phone and you’ll be able to save the battery on your phone for phone calls or utilizing your GPS. Cyalume light sticks are a great option when you need a high quality light in tough situations.


3. Survival Blanket | If you find yourself stuck in bad weather and unable to leave your car or you don’t want to try to find help until daylight, you won’t regret having a survival blanket in your car to keep your body temperature stabilized.


4. Seat Belt Cutter | Not only can a seat belt cutter help you free yourself, it can also act as a window breaker. If you get into an accident and need to escape wreckage, having this essential tool in your car can easily be what saves your life. Keep one easily accessible on the driver’s side for convenience.