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If the heat alone wasn’t incentive enough to drive out of town, lower gas prices certainly will motivate you to pack the car and hit the road. This summer, gas prices are expected to be the lowest we’ve seen in 13 years. And if Memorial Day’s more than 35 million road warriors was any indication of the summer travel trend, you aren’t alone packing the car with an emergency car kit.

A trip to a GarageFly mechanic before you leave town is best way to prevent problems or break-downs. But, even with a smooth running car, it’s a good idea to have an emergency car kit. Purchase a clear plastic bin that fits easily in your car and place the following in it. It’s better to have it and not need it.

  •  Water – one gallon plus one bottle per person
  • Phone charger
  •  Snacks – energy bars, unsalted nuts, dried fruit
  •  Sunscreen and/or a wide-brim hat
  •  Reflective emergency blanket – can be used for shade
  •  First aid kit
  •  Flashlight or headlamp (hand-crank flashlights are ideal for emergencies)
  •  Pocket knife/multi-tool kit
  •  Visibility equipment (flares or reflective hazard triangles)
  •  Jumper cables or portable battery charger (also called a ‘jump box’)
  •  Tire sealant
  •  Tire pressure gauge
  •  Tow strap
  •  Fuses
  •  Tool kit (assemble a kit with commonly used tools like screwdrivers, pliers and a few wrenches)
  •  Duct tape
  •  Rag
  •  Gloves
  •  Windshield sunshade
  •  Towel to place on hot pavement when changing a tire