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March 17, 2010

Building a Vehicle Emergency Kit - Part Two

Here are additional items necessary for you onboard vehicle safety kit:

FlashlightFlashlight —Purchase a wind-up flashlight, and you'll never have to worry about dead batteries.

Jumper Cables — Look for the compact, coiled type that fit neatly into their own bag.

Liquid Latex — This miracle-in-a-can seals small holes in tires.

Matches — If you have to stay overnight in your car and make a campfire somewhere beside it, the last thing you want to worry about is how to start a fire rubbing two sticks together.

Meal Kit — Keep non-perishable items like packs of crackers, dried fruit, peanut butter, energy bars and even canned tuna with pop-top lids in your car at all times.

Pencil and Notepad — You might need this in case of a car accident, so you can jot down the other drivers' information, or for writing down instructions from 911 or directions.

Snow Scraper — You might also need a small shovel and a snowbrush. But if your area primarily deals with ice conditions, a snow or ice scraper will do.

Warning Light or Road Flares — If you're in an accident — especially at night — make yourself more visible to rescue personnel and other drivers.

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