Don't Leave Home Without It: DIY Emergency Car Care Kit 
 
I hope you never have to use it, but having a car care kit in the trunk means you'll always be prepared should you have to. The kits are easy to make, don't cost a lot of money, and you probably have most of the stuff lying around your house anyway. The biggest payoff is obviously the guarantee that you're covered in an emergency.  Keep the following essentials in a canvas bag somewhere in your car: 

  • Blankets, umbrellas, ponchos, and a pair of warm gloves. These items will come in handy should you have to abandon the car and ward off the elements. 
  • Roadside flares to warn other drivers of your impending broken-down vehicle, OR to send a signal for help. When your cell doesn't have service, you'll appreciate the flares! 
  • Jumper cables 
  • Water and windshield washer fluid. Drivers use twice as much windshield washer fluid in bad weather conditions, which just happens to be when they're most often to break down. 
  • Clean rags. They'll come in handy for checking the oil or cleaning off a muddy windshield.
  • Motor oil
  • A flashlight or headlamp 
  • A hammer, duct tape, and bungee cords 
  • Bottles of water and pre-packaged snacks just in case you're waiting for AAA longer than expected

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