How Prepared is your car for an emergency?

In light of the recent debacle in Georgia, when a dusting of snow over ice locked up roadways across the state, one local insurance company set out to see how prepared their city’s citizens were. According to, the “junk in the trunk” campaign hosted by State Farm found that, while drivers tend to leave or store plenty of items in their car, relatively few of them count as “emergency supplies” (not real sure how those mason jars are going to come in handy…). So, if you can’t quite think of a good use for old fast food bags and crusty beach towels from last summer, what should you stash in your car? FEMA has a good checklist, as does ReadyWisconsin who might know a thing or two about snow days, to get you and your vehicle prepared with the right supplies. Or, if you’re a level 5 prepping fanatic—and drive something more substantial than, say, a Civic hatchback—you can use the Allstate Insurance comprehensive, ready-for-absolutely-any-kind-of-road-trip-emergency checklist. Start here to gather materials, and don’t forget to clear out all the stuff from your car that you’ll never use! Except the ketchup packets. You really never know when you’ll need one of those.
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I would suggest that you have foot gear that you can walk in to match the season and the clothing for the season. I would aim for plus or minus 15 degrees of your normal temperatures. The layering concept still works well in car clothing. Plan for lack of water, bugs, sun etc. I would have a plastic tarp about 6×8 to lay on when changing tires or chains in the snow or mud. A few basic tools to clean battery terminals, etc, A day pack, you may not always be able to stay with the vehicle and need to walk for shelter or home.

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