We spend a lot of time in our car. Whether it’s commuting, vacationing, road trips, going to the store, whatever.
According to the Harvard Health Watch, the average American spends 101 minutes per day in their car.
Over the course of our lifetime, we will average 3 to 4 accidents; most will not be fatal.
Beyond accidents we will all experience breakdowns, flat tires, detours, getting lost, running out of gas, having to help another motorist, etc.
What Emergency Supplies Should We Have In Our Car?
The Average American
Spends 101 Minutes a
Day In Our Car.
What Should We Have In
Our Car To Be Properly
THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
We spend a lot of time in our car. Whether
it’s commuting, vacationing, road trips, going
to the store, whatever.
According to the Harvard Health Watch, the
average American spends 101 minutes per
day in their car.
Over the course of our lifetime, we will
average 3 to 4 accidents; most will not be
Besides accidents we will all experience
breakdowns, flat tires, detours, getting lost,
running out of gas, having to help another
Combine how much time we spend in our
car, with the odds of something going wrong,
it makes sense that we be prepared for
Buy a pre-packaged Roadside Emergency
Kit. (click on image for link)
The Simplest Way?
10' Jumper Cables Tow Rope with 10,000 lbs capacity
Reflective Safety vest 100% cotton gloves
multi use 4" wrench reinforced wire connectors
replacement fuses electrical tape
First Aid Kit with plasters, gauze, antiseptic cleaning wipes, adhesive tape,
non adhesive sterile pad, cotton swabs
plastic cable ties safety whistle
compass 8pc Hex Wrench
LED squeeze rechargeable flashlight, no batteries needed
electric current detector needle nose pliers
aluminum foil blanket rain poncho
polyester carry bag with reflective warning triangle
That Kit Contains
Even with that kit (or making sure you have
all items on that list), there are some other
things you should have.
Proof of Insurance.
Insurance company contact number.
Cell phone charger cable.
Extra bulbs for turn, brake and backup lights.
The following slides provide an extensive list
of items where you can build your own kit
and also items you could have beyond those
in the previous kit.
How much or how little you want to carry
depends on space and your personal
You can go light or you can Cool Gus Jeep
mode or you can go Mad Max mode.
Remember, unlike in Walking Dead, gas goes
bad. There are no hard and fast rules on time
(use 6 months for gas, a year with Stabil
I add Stabil whenever I fill up my spare gas
cans and I rotate them every three months.
I always top off when I reach half a tank.
Put it in any spare gas cans.
Also helps winterize things such
as lawn mowers if you don’t
completely drain the gas.
STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer
I always have a four gallon Rotopax gas
container on my top rack. Rotopax comes in
gas, diesel, water, and equipment carrier.
They are stackable and also lock to each
Below is a four gallon gas container.
Click on image for link.
Click on images for links
On top of my Jeep
is 4 gallon gas Rotopax,
a 1.75 gallon water Rotopax,
and two gallons
I put a cloth cover on the
gas and painted the
water container brown.
The equipment Rotopax
contain an array of survival
emergency rations, snares,
On a previous page you saw a water carrier. I have that
on my top rack and replenish that every month.
At the very least, carry some water inside your car.
I recommend a case of bottled water in the trunk.
Remember, what you have in your car is also at your
work and your home and your school, wherever you
drive and park, so it’s part of your overall emergency
A rule of thumb in an emergency: a case of water can
supply a person for three days.
I carry extra water (a gallon jug) inside the Jeep— often
that ends up being for Cool Gus and Sassy Becca in
their bowl after a walk or run.
I also carry a couple of bottles of Gatorade in the rear
I have Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouches
stashed in various places.
They last a long time and you don’t have to keep
worrying about replenishing them.
•I have the filter on the left inside my Jeep.
•The one on the right is gravity fed.
Using my Green Beret Preparation
and Survival Guide you can do an
Area Study and tailor your GnG
bags to your specific situation and
environment. However, to be
prepared a basic, well-stocked,
pre-made one is a good idea. I
recently purchased this for my son
to have, just in case as I feel it’s a
solid buy with the right equipment.
A Grab-n-Go Bag
This unique tool does two life-
It can cut your seat belt. Often in a
crash, it is difficult to unbuckle.
It will also allow you to break your
side window to get out.
The link gets a package of two.
The next slide is a video about
what to do if your car goes into the
I guarantee you will learn some
things you didn’t know.
Jumper cables require another
This compact Jump Starter can
get you going if you’re all alone.
It’s also easier than using jumper
It holds a charge for a long time. It
can recharge your cell phone and
other devices. It also has a built in
I’ve found it to be a very
worthwhile investment and have
Battery Jump Starter
I carry a pair of broken in boots with socks stuffed in
them inside my Jeep. I hadn’t thought of this until
Atlanta had a huge ice storm and many people had to
abandon their cars and walk home— in their work
So carry a pair of broken in boots or walking shoes just
Do you have a spare tire?
Is it a regular or temporary?
Where is your jack and lug wrench?
Do you know how to change a tire?
Where is your battery?
Do you know how to hook up jumper cables correctly?
How many miles do you have left when your gas
warning light goes on? (But you never got there, right,
because you always top off at halfway)
Things To Know
We rely on GPS, but always have a physical road map.
If you take medication, add a pill fob to your keychain or
put one in your glove compartment with important
It also is a good backup if you forget to renew on time.
Keychain Pill Fob
Cool Gus has his Jeep loaded for cross-country, out in
the wilderness, survival stuff.
The following are neat things that can come in handy.
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
GoTreads. These look cheap, but have actually turned
out to be very useful on occasion, particularly when
dealing with a tire spinning in mud. Get one (left) or two
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
Winch and associated gear.
I carry a pair of tire blocks since Jeeps don’t weigh
much and instead of winching that dead tree, I could be
pulling the Jeep to the tree.
Universal Snatch Block
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
Funnel (for gas)
Rain pants and Jacket
Assorted zip ties
Star sockets (jeep owners will understand)
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
Mad Max Mode
It does tend to be a bit of a gas guzzler.
Free downloadable Powerpoint
slideshows on survival, history
writing, and interesting information
is available HERE
The guide on the left is a complete preparation and
survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size
manual focusing on survival essentials.
New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West
Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books
published, including the #1 bestselling series Green
Berets, Shadow Warriors, Time Patrol, Area 51, and
Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world
he now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. Sort of.