Be Prepared

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Today AOL offers some good suggestions on an emergency kit to keep in your car in case of a breakdown.  The advise is good and I’m heading over to the hardware store after work to buy three of each (one for Mrs. B, one for my daughter, and one for myself). 

Here are the seven items that AOL suggests, plus two of my own.

  • Socket-style screwdriver with driver and multiple buts in various Phillips and standard-style sizes.
  • A roll of duct tape/electrical tape.  (Really two things.  You should have both.)
  • A pair of medium-size vise-grip pliers.
  • Pen magnet.
  • Pry bar.
  • Mini-compressor.
  • Emergency cell phone.

My additions, and I really can’t believe that they aren’t on AOL’s list are:

A can of WD-40.  Forget the American Express Card, you should Wd40
never leave home without a roll of duct tape and a can of WD-40.  If you can’t solve the problem with WD-40 and/or a roll of duct tape, you need to call for outside help.

A flashlight.  I know, AOL suggests an air compressor with a built-in light, but a flashlight (with extra batteries) also belongs in your emergency kit.

You may never use any of this stuff, but the peace-of-mind of having it available is well worth the small cost. 

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