More Tips for the Tips for Military Families with Teens #43

Tip #43 – Car Kits

Make sure that when you are giving your teen the use of a car or if they are fortunate to have their own, that there is a kit in it for emergencies.  This will be particularly important when a family member is absent as it may be more challenging to get support or help immediately.  Car kits are useful to have any car at all times but it is important for your teen to know what is in it and how to use it all.  The kit will be useless if your teen doesn’t know it is there, how to use the things in there, and how to stay warm, dry and safe.

Suggestions for Car Kits:

  • Food – that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water – in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit – with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind–up flashlight
  • Whistle – in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents

Also keep these inside your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flare

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