It pays to be prepared for worst

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2003

It may sound overly dramatic, but having a well-stocked emergency road kit in every vehicle on the road can mean the difference between life and death.

While it is not necessary to pack an entire household into a car for a trip to the grocery store, there are a few items that should be ever-present in every vehicle.

Larry Beck, assistant manager at Schucks Auto Supply in Soldotna, lists flares, emergency tire repair equipment like Fix-A-Flat foam road signs, reflectors, blankets, jumper cables, a change of clothes and extra socks as important emergency equipment to have.

"And tools, always," he said. "If you had all that you'd be set."

Mike Moore, driving instructor consultant at Peninsula Driving Academy, had a few more suggestions to add to that list. He recommends including a fire extinguisher, toe rope, cell phone, candle, lighter, emergency food, first aid kit and shovel.

Whether these items are packed into an actual kit or strewn more haphazardly about the car doesn't really matter as long as the driver knows where they are and can access them when needed. If they're never needed, so much the better, but car care is one area of life where it definitely pays to be prepared.

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