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What Essentials Should You Keep In Your Car?

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We spend a lot of time in our car. Odds are in your lifetime you will be in an accident. Are you prepared? What if your car breaks down? What if you get lost? What are the things you need to always have in your car?

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What Essentials Should You Keep In Your Car?

  1. 1. The Average American Spends 101 Minutes a Day In Our Car. What Should We Have To Be Properly Prepared?
  2. 2. Over the course of our lifetime, we will average 3 to 4 accidents; most will not be fatal. Besides accidents, we will all experience breakdowns, flat tires, detours, getting lost, running out of gas, having to help another motorist, etc. Why?
  3. 3. Combine how much time we spend in our car, with the odds of something going wrong, and it makes sense that we be prepared for potential problems. Why?
  4. 4. Buy a pre-packaged Roadside Emergency Kit. (click on image for link) The Simplest Way?
  5. 5. 10' Jumper Cables Tow Rope with 10,000 lbs capacity Reflective Safety vest 100% cotton gloves multi use 4" wrench reinforced wire connectors replacement fuses electrical tape First Aid Kit with plasters, gauze, antiseptic cleaning wipes, adhesive tape, non adhesive sterile pad, cotton swabs plastic cable ties safety whistle compass 8pc Hex Wrench LED squeeze rechargeable flashlight, no batteries needed electric current detector needle nose pliers aluminum foil blanket rain poncho polyester carry bag with reflective warning triangle That Kit Contains
  6. 6. Even with that kit (or making sure you have all items on that list), there are some other things you should always have. But— Drivers license. Registration. Proof of Insurance. Insurance company contact number. Water. Cell phone charger cable. Extra bulbs for turn, brake and backup lights. Work gloves.
  7. 7. The following slides provide an extensive list of items where you can build your own kit and also items you could have beyond those in the previous kit. How much or how little you want to carry depends on space and your personal preferences. You can go light or you can Cool Gus Jeep mode or you can go Mad Max mode. Additional Items
  8. 8. COOL GUS JEEP MODE
  9. 9. Remember, unlike in Walking Dead, gas goes bad. There are no hard and fast rules on time (use 6 months for gas, a year with Stabil added). I add Stabil whenever I fill up my spare gas cans and I rotate them every three months. I always top off when I reach half a tank. Gas with a lower level of Ethanol lasts longer. Extra Gas
  10. 10. Put it in any spare gas cans. Also helps winterize things such as lawn mowers if you don’t completely drain the gas. STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer
  11. 11. I have a four gallon Rotopax gas container on my rear, spare tire. Rotopax comes in gas, diesel, water, and equipment carrier. They are stackable and also lock to each other. Below is a four gallon gas container. Click on image for link. RotoPax
  12. 12. Click on images for links RotoPax Rotopax 1.75 Gallon Water Rotopax 1.75 Gallon Gas Rotopax 2 Gallon Equipment holder
  13. 13. RotoPax On the side of my spare tire I have a 2 gallon Rotopax gas can. e passenger side in front of the Jeep door is a 1 gallon Rotopax ga When I head out Jeeping, I add a 4 gallon Rotopax to the back of my spare tire. On top of my Jeep on the rack I have a 1.75 gallon water Rotopax and 2 two gallon equipment Rotopax. The equipment Rotopax contain an array of survival items including emergency rations, snares, poncho, etc.
  14. 14. RotoPax Remember that gas expands and contract with the temperature. tainers flat. You need to release pressure as the temperature changes and You can see the two gas containers on my spare tire carrier.
  15. 15. At the very least, carry some water inside your car. I recommend a case of bottled water in the trunk. Remember, what you have in your car is also at your work and your home and your school, wherever you drive and park, so it’s part of your overall emergency supply. A rule of thumb in an emergency: a case of water can supply a person for three days. Be very careful though— do not have loose water bottles rolling around on the floor. One could stuck under the brake or gas pedal. Water
  16. 16. I carry water in an MSR Dromeday Water Reservoir inside the Jeep— often that ends up being for the dogs in their water bowl after a hike or run. I also carry a couple of bottles of Gatorade in the rear cup holder. I have Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouches stashed in various places. They last a long time and you don’t have to keep worrying about replenishing them. Water
  17. 17. •I have the filter on the left inside my Jeep. •The one on the right is gravity fed. Water
  18. 18. I recommend keeping a basic Grab-n-Go Bag in your trunk or storage area. It contains a number of basics that you will find useful if you break down. Since you are almost always where you car is, your bag is always with you. Below is the one I bought my son to keep in his car. Grab-n-Go Bag
  19. 19. Fire Extinguisher
  20. 20. This unique tool does two life- saving things: It can cut your seat belt. Often in a crash, it is difficult to unbuckle. It will also allow you to break your side window to get out. The link gets a package of two. LifeHammer
  21. 21. Jumper cables require another vehicle. This compact Jump Starter can get you going if you’re all alone. It’s also easier than using jumper cables. It holds a charge for a long time. It can recharge your cell phone and other devices. It also has a built in flashlight. I’ve found it to be a very worthwhile investment and have used it. Battery Jump Starter
  22. 22. Worth it for an emergency. Fix-A-Flat
  23. 23. I carry a pair of broken in hiking boots with thick socks stuffed in them inside my Jeep. I hadn’t thought of this until Atlanta had a huge ice storm and many people had to abandon their cars and walk home— in their work shoes. So carry a pair of broken in boots or walking/running shoes just in case. Boots/Walking Shoes/Socks
  24. 24. Blanket/Sleeping bag— I keep my sleeping bag in the Jeep all winter. Snow Shovel Ice Scraper Poncho Weather Related
  25. 25. Do you have a spare tire? Is it a regular or temporary? Where is your jack and lug wrench? Do you know how to change a tire? Where is your battery? Do you know how to hook up jumper cables correctly? How many miles do you have left when your gas warning light goes on? (But you never got there, right, because you always top off at halfway) Things To Know
  26. 26. We rely on GPS, but always have a physical road map. MAP
  27. 27. Location Apps There are several topo map Apps you can get. I’ve used a number over the years but the best one I’ve found is Gaia. The basic app is free and then there are two levels of membership. The premium, which is discounted 20% via my affiliate link, is $32 for a year but for the number and types of maps you get, it is definitely worth it. One useful thing to using any map app is to download the map tiles you want to use beforehand (when you’re out in the wilds with no signal) and you learn how to use the app. They also send interesting email updates on various outdoor activities that are very informative from outdoor experts.
  28. 28. If you take medication, add a pill fob to your keychain or put one in your glove compartment with important medication. It also is a good backup if you forget to renew on time. Keychain Pill Fob
  29. 29. COOL GUS JEEP MODE
  30. 30. I have my Jeep loaded for cross- country, out in the wilderness, survival stuff. I once had some maintenance trouble 120 miles from the closest paved road in southeast Utah and was quite glad I was prepared. The following are neat things that can come in handy.
  31. 31. GoTreads. These look cheap, but have actually turned out to be very useful on occasion, particularly when dealing with a tire spinning in mud. Get one (left) or two (right) Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  32. 32. Winch and associated gear. I carry a pair of tire blocks since Jeeps don’t weigh much and instead of winching that dead tree, I could be pulling the Jeep to the tree. Universal Snatch Block Extra straps Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  33. 33. Siphon hose. Funnel (for gas) Tie downs Bivy Sack/blankets/sleeping bag Rain pants and Jacket Wool cap Assorted zip ties Extra batteries Star sockets (jeep owners will understand) Toolkit Socket Set Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  34. 34. A flexible 100W solar panel on top of my Jeep. It’s attached by six wing nuts and can be removed or the second 100W panel can be placed on top and both displayed at a base camp. The wire runs inside the Jeep where a Yeti400 and extra battery are installed. A free slideshow on Solar is HERE
  35. 35. The cylinder in the forefront contains my tent, poles and also a two strap for the winch. The cylinder to the right, holds camping meals. The two Rotopak equipment containers to the right contain survival gear.
  36. 36. Mad Max Mode It does tend to be a bit of a gas guzzler. I’ll be posting a more detailed slideshow on all the gear I have on the Jeep as I’ve added quite a bit.
  37. 37. More Free Information I constantly update free, downloadable slideshows like this on my web site for preparation and survival and other topics. www.bobmayer.com/workshops Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for those interested in properly preparing for their specific circumstances.
  38. 38. The guide on the left is the complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab- n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  39. 39. New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial arts. He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains Green Berets and also runs the SERE school: Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. www.bobmayer.com

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