It's the Boy Scout Motto — but it ought to be the Motorist Motto, too.
According to AAA, you're very likely to be one of the one in three drivers who face a breakdown or similar situation each year. And disasters come on all sorts of days, not just clear, blue 70-degree day with lots of people around.
If you find yourself stranded on that proverbial 'dark and stormy night,' you'll thank your lucky stars you assembled this emergency-preparedness kit.
Here's what should be in it:
• A wheel wrench and car jack to change the tire if your car came with a spare
• Battery jumper cables
• A tool kit or multipurpose tool
• A flashlight, along with backup batteries
• Reflective triangles so oncoming cars can see you
• A compass
• A fully stocked first-aid kit
• A blanket
• Nonperishable food such as unsalted nuts and dried fruits
• A car charger for your phone
• A fire extinguisher
• Duct tape because, of course
• A rain poncho
• Cold-weather tools including a snow brush, a small shovel, windshield fluid, warm clothing and cat litter to help with tire traction
• And emergency contact numbers for family, roadside services and your insurance provider.
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, keeping a well-stocked emergency kit in your car … can save you a ton of stress.