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What We Need In Our Car

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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.

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What We Need In Our Car

  1. 1. The Average American Spends 101 Minutes a Day In Our Car. What We Should Have In Our Car To Be Prepared
  2. 2. 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. Why?
  3. 3. 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. Why?
  4. 4. Combine how much time we spend in our car, with the odds of something going wrong, it makes sense that we be prepared for potential problems. Why?
  5. 5. Buy a pre-packaged Roadside Emergency Kit. (click on image for link) The Simplest Way?
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Even with that kit (or making sure you have all items on that list), there are some other things you should have. But— Drivers license. Registration. Proof of Insurance. Insurance company contact number. Water. Cell phone charger cable. Extra bulbs for turn, brake and backup lights. Work gloves.
  8. 8. 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 preferences. You can go light or you can Cool Gus Jeep mode or you can go Mad Max mode. Additional Items
  9. 9. COOL GUS JEEP MODE
  10. 10. 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 added), but my rule of thumb is to refuel all containers every two months to keep it relatively fresh. I add Stabil whenever I fill up my spare gas cans and I rotate them every two months. I always top off when I reach half a tank. Extra Gas
  11. 11. 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 other. Below is a four gallon gas container. Click on image for link. RotoPax
  12. 12. Click on images for links RotoPax Rotopax 1.75 Gallon Water Rotopax 1.75 Gallon Gas Rotopax 2 Gallon Equipment holder
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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 supply. A rule of thumb in an emergency: a case of water can supply a person for three days. Water
  15. 15. 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 cup holder. 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. Water
  16. 16. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is a very basic one. Click on image for link. First Aid Kit $15.97
  17. 17. Here is an upgraded kit. First Aid Kit
  18. 18. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike and in my car kit. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit
  19. 19. Fire Extinguisher
  20. 20. This unique tool does two life- saving things: 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 water. I guarantee you will learn some things you didn’t know. LifeHammer
  21. 21. Jumper cables require another vehicle. This compact Jump Starter can get you going if you’re all alone. It’s also easier than using jumper cables. It holds a charge for a long time. It can recharge your cell phone and other devices. It also has a built in flashlight. I’ve found it to be a very worthwhile investment and have used it. Battery Jump Starter
  22. 22. Worth it for an emergency. Fix-A-Flat
  23. 23. 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 shoes. So carry a pair of broken in boots or walking shoes just in case. Boots/Walking Shoes/Socks
  24. 24. Blanket Snow Shovel Ice Scraper Poncho Weather Related
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. We rely on GPS, but always have a physical road map. MAP
  27. 27. If you take medication, add a pill fob to your keychain or put one in your glove compartment with important medication. It also is a good backup if you forget to renew on time. Keychain Pill Fob
  28. 28. COOL GUS JEEP MODE
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. 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 (right) Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  31. 31. 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 Extra straps Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  32. 32. Siphon hose. Funnel (for gas) Tie downs Bivy Sack Rain pants and Jacket Wool cap Assorted zip ties Extra batteries Star sockets (jeep owners will understand) Toolkit Socket Set Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  33. 33. Cool Gus has his Jeep loaded for cross-country, out in the wilderness, survival stuff. I’ll do a separate slideshow on how Cool Gus has outfitted his Jeep. Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
  34. 34. Mad Max Mode It does tend to be a bit of a gas guzzler.
  35. 35. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  36. 36. Checklist
  37. 37. Cool Gus says it is always better to be prepared and not need something, than need it and not have it. In Summation
  38. 38. Print Book
  39. 39. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  40. 40. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE www.bobmayer.com

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