Emergency Planning

Ready Car = Less Stress

Did you know that the average American spends 14% of his/her week in the car, either as a driver or passenger? 

Wouldn’t it make sense, then, to make sure that you’re prepared for emergencies in your car as well as for your home?

Less stress – that’s the goal of this issue of Simply Ready News. While it can’t make the grind of having to drive in traffic any easier, the information here, if followed, should make life more manageable and peaceful when emergencies happen related to your car.   

Trunk Inventory (Crated)

Crate 1

  • 1 Gallon Water
  • 2 Quarts Motor Oil
  • 1 Gallon Coolant/Anti-freeze
  • Tow Strap
  • Window Cleaner
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Flat Fixer (“Fix-A-Flat”)

Crate 2

  • Non-perishable Food
  • Bottled Water
  • Metal Drinking Cup
  • Sun Block

Crate 3

  • Electrical Tape
  • 5 lb. ABC Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight
  • Funnel
  • Jumper (“Booster”) Cables
  • Plug-in Light
  • Orange Duct Tape
  • Heavy Duty Rope

Crate 4

  • 5 Dust Masks
  • Beach Towel
  • Coffee Container with roll of Toilet Paper inside
  • Coveralls XL and XXL
  • GOJO Hand Cleaner
  • Hand Wipes and/or Sanitizer
  • Kitchen and Large Trash Bags
  • Microfiber Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Grocery Bags

Trunk Inventory (Loose)

  • 2 Stadium Seats
  • Tire Iron & Jack (in tire well)
  • Blanket  
  • Properly Inflated Spare Tire (in tire well)
  • Ground Pad
  • Empty Gas Can
  • Ice Scraper
  • Do-It-Yourself Repair Manual (optional)
  • Map Case (Waterproof)
  • Shovel
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Umbrella

Glove Box

  • Head Lamp (for hands-free work) with good batteries
  • Black Pen
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Pad of Paper
  • Car Owner’s Manual

Map Case Contents

  • Cities: (This is an example. Please adapt for your location!)
  • Flagstaff, Sedona, Grand Canyon
  • Phoenix
  • Phoenix – East Valley
  • Phoenix – West Valley
  • County:  Maricopa
  • State:  (AZ & CA)
  • Driving Map
  • Topographic Map

Toolbox

  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Can WD-40
  • Adjustable Wrenches 
  • Pair of Leather Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Replacement Fuses
  • Channel Lock Pliers
  • Cigarette Lighter/Waterproof Matches
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Extra Batteries
  • Screwdrivers
  • Zip Ties
  • Corkscrew
  • Can Opener/Bottle Opener
  • Spare Fuses
  • Side Cutter
  • Utility Knife
  • Vice Grips
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutters