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5 things to keep in your car at all times

“Call Police” Sign
Even though I’m sure you will never leave your house without your cell phone, a “Call Police” sign is still an important thing to keep in your car, especially for women. If your phone is dead and your car is too, waiting for a stranger to help you could be dangerous. Police recommend keeping one in your car because men will sometimes prey on women who are stranded due to car trouble. Putting a “Call Police” sign in your window could ward off anyone looking to cause you harm and help get you on your way as quickly as possible.

Jumper Cables
A dead battery is a quick fix if you have jumper cables. If you don’t have them and can’t find anyone who does, there’s really nothing you can do except call a cab to pick you up or wait for a friend to come to your rescue. Instead of being the damsel in distress, go buy some jumper cables, and be your own hero. They can be found at almost any hardware store or super center for around $20 and won’t take up too much space in your trunk. They’re a must-have for any responsible driver.

Jake Johnson/Photographer

Jake Johnson/Photographer

A Window Breaker
Yeah, I know we live in rolling flatland and that the chances of a water submersion are slim, but on the off chance that you find your vehicle sinking fast into the Mississippi River, this little tool might keep you from sleeping with the fishes. A commercial window breaker will shatter your car window with one sharp stab to the glass. MythBusters proved that other methods, like car keys, do not work. Window breakers run about $10, and some even come with a built-in seatbelt cutter.

Fix-A-Flat Aerosol Tire Inflator
Flat tires are a common occurrence and always come at the worst times. If you don’t have room to keep an extra tire in your trunk, get a small can of Fix-A-Flat. It’s a quick and easy way to repair a flat for under $10. The steps are simple: shake the aerosol can, connect to your tire and push down on the top of the can. The tire will inflate in seconds and any small holes or cracks will be instantly sealed, allowing you time to get somewhere safe.
A Map
Believe it or not, these things do still exist and people do still use them to get around. Know why? Because that durable piece of paper isn’t going to stop working half way through your road trip. Even if you do have a car charger for your trusty device, Google maps and GPSs are helpful but frequently wrong. Maps are an essential for any traveler, and even if you don’t know how to read one, stopping for directions will still be made a lot easier if you have something to look at.

 

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