More Tips for Military Families with Teens – #43

Car Kits – #43

For some of us, winter is now upon us and it is not just drinking and driving that you should be concerned with.  Winter gets us thinking about putting car emergency kits in our cars to ensure that our teens are safe but it shouldn’t be the only season that your teen has a well equiped emergency kit in their car.  Things don’t happen only in cold climates or in cold seasons.  If you have a family member absent, it will be even more important to ensure that your car has all of the things you need to ensure that you are safe and can get help at any time as there is now one less person to call if you need to.

Suggestions:

* Update your emergency kit every 6 months

* Go through the kit with your family and show them where everything is located

* Make the use of the car, by your teen, conditional that you always know where they are and the timings of departure and return

* Tape an emergency $20 to the roof of the glove box so that if they need gas, they have money to get it (you will have to tape it different places if you don’t want them to use this as a source of regular income)

* Put a couple of energy bars in the glove box too (they are resilent to different temperatures and have a longer shelf life)

* Jumper cables and a couple of lessons on how to use them

* For a good list of emergency car kit items go: http://drbenkim.com/emergency-car-kit.html

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