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Ladies, can we talk cars for a minute? I know for some of us this is not something we worry too much about – we either have a parent, significant other, or roadside assistance service that we use or maybe we don’t have one of those and we just ignore car-stuff for the most part. But I think there are 5 items every woman needs to keep in her car in order to be safe on the road. The first thing you need in order to be safe is regular car maintenance. This is important because a certified mechanic can check your vehicle for things you might not know or think to look for: fluid levels, battery, ect. So, regular oil changes are a must to keep your car running and to get that mechanics eyes on your car. So here’s how we keep our lives easy: next time you have to run errand at WalMart, take your car around to the maintenance department and drop it off for an oil change while you do your regular shopping. And while you are there, add these things to your shopping list:
1. Jumper cables
3. Tire Pressure Gauge
4. Headlamp / Flashlight (sporting goods)
5. First Aid Kit (pharmacy)
While you are there hit up the sporting goods section and grab a bag to keep everything in – this is actually a tackle box, but it works perfectly and is cheaper than all the other bags in the the store (well, in my WalMart anyways.) It comes with two extra plastic organizational boxes that will work perfectly in your craft room for small organizational needs.
Your First Aid Kit (available in the pharmacy section) will come in handy all the time. If you are at the park and your child skins their knee, no need to go home, just patch em up and send them back to the play ground. The jumper cables (auto center) should fit perfectly in this great tackle bag.
and your flares will fit right in front. I like the LED ones as opposed to the traditional flares because the old school ones can leak, and nobody has time for that. These new ones have little magnetic bases to keep them sitting up right on the road and they last. I have this little kit in order to be prepared, and I want it to work when I need it in an emergency without having to check on it all the time. We are building a reliable kit here, guys.
Another thing you will want is a headlamp. WalMart sells this combo pack headlamp and flashlight in the sporting good section. Here’s why this is a good idea: if you are alone and it is dark when something goes wrong with your vehicle, then you will need light and both your hands in order to change that flat, pop the hood and check out what is happening, or whatever it is that is happening – in the dark when you are alone. The headlamp will be a lifesaver. If you happen to have someone with you, then they can hold this little LED flashlight for you. Now you will have two lights. The more light the better when you are fixing a car issue in the dark. Amiright?!
This is a tire pressure gauge. This $1 investment can save you from having that flat tire in the dark. I periodically check my tire pressure when I am at the gas station because they have air + water there for use. Your vehicle’s user manual should indicate the appropriate tire pressure (known as PSI.) You can also find PSI on your actual tires. When you look at your tires there is a lot of writing on them, you will want to find the word “PSI,” the number directly before that is the pressure you want in your tires. Not only is this the safe pressure, but will actually help save you money because properly inflated tires allow your car to work more efficiently and therefore cost less in gasoline. So this little $1 investment will save you money in the long run. Here’s how you use this little guy:
So you can grab all these things and do all your regular shopping in the short time it takes WalMart to change your oil. Can I just stress again how important routine maintenance is, ladies and gents? Seriously, investing a little into your vehicle will go a long way. When I do my preventative maintenance (read: regular oil changes) I throw down the few extra dollars for quality oil. Pennzoil makes a special motor oil for High Mileage Vehicles. And if you are taking car of your car it will last you and someday it too can join the ranks of the super elite “High Mileage Club.” Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle oil helps to clean out sludge, to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines, is designed for complete protection, and will allow you to drive an extra of 550 miles per year (as opposed to a dirty engine… which is an unhappy engine.) It’s a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time. Both my husband and I have a similar mindset with cars: drive them until they die. Our cars are currently 15 and 20 years old, and running strong because of proper preventative maintenance. Give your car a little love and it will carry you for a long time. Literally.
And your little emergency car kit can easily be stowed easily in trunk of your happy, smoothly running car (mine is with my snow chains and my reusable grocery bags because I live in the mountains in Southern California.)
This car emergency kit can be a lifesaver for you, if you make it and keep it in your car BEFORE you need it. Preparedness is key here. Like routine vehicle maintenance, this only works if you complete it before you need it. What would you add to this kit?
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