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Get your car or truck prepped for an emergency

Prepare your car for an emergency!
Survival is a state of mind. As they say, "knowledge weighs
nothing" and as preppers empower themselves with this mentality
survival psychology, they also pack a few things to ensure
their success on the road.

When you prepare you don't need to feel stranded and helpless.
Below is prepper's guide on how to equip your car or truck with
gear and essentials for an emergency...

How to Prep your Truck or Car for an Emergency
Be prepared for an emergency in your car or truck by having a
survival toolkit for the most common breakdowns. Other key
survival items can ensure you last until help arrives.

Following prepper's guide on how to prepare your vehicle for an

Here's the prepper's disaster survival vehicle guide:

1. Car battery tester.
Battery failure is one of the top reasons for calling on roadside
assistance, and now you can diagnose the health of your car
battery (and your alternator) before you leave the car port.
MotoPower 12 V Car Battery Tester, pictured immediate right
in orange, can save you a trip to the auto parts store. It makes a
great gift for the prepper.

#2: Power up with a Jump starter and Power Station.
With the Stanley JumpIt starter and power station, you won't
dread roadside emergencies when your vehicle won't start. This
compact, portable device delivers serious jump-starting power
with 1000 peak amps and 500 instant starting amps. That's
enough power to jump-start your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle,
boat, RV, ATV, or tractor; all without the need to use another
vehicle for assistance. Just connect the clamps to the battery,
turn on the switch and start your vehicle.

#3: Air Compressor (portable tire inflator).
When the rubber meets the road make sure you have proper air
pressure as this reason accounts for more than half of roadside
assistance calls.

Maintaining proper air pressure will help keep your tires in top
shape. You likely already have a
good tire gauge to you keep
track of the air pressure. Keeping the air pressure on your vehicle
is free at the service station, but when a gas station isn't
available to inflate your tires, it's nice to know you can pull out
air compressor tire inflator from the trunk.

This easy to use air compressor, pictured in red, plugs directly
into cigarette lighter socket of your vehicle. It prevent over
inflation thanks to an auto shut off when you've reached the
desired tire pressure. The overheat protection shuts off
automatically when overloading

  • NOTE: It does NOT Support truck tires, light truck tires,
    heavy duty truck tires or any truck tires.

#4: Tire Jack.
The BIG RED steel scissor lift jack car kit by Torin, pictured right,
is a collapsible, compact jack can be used as a rugged
replacement jack or as an extra utility jack that can be stored in
the trunk of your car.  Equipped with an extra-wide base which
adds stability and strength this jack has a one-piece handle
delivers on-the-spot quick response and speed that a prepper
needs to quickly "
Get out of Dodge."

#5: Tow Strap.
Another roadside emergency is a tow strap. Get yourself unstuck
with the
Neiko tow strap, pictured right in yellow. This tow strap
can help you tow 10,000 lbs, which is more than strong enough to
extract any vehicle from a ditch or rough spot. With two safety
hooks on both ends, this tow strap allows for easy and fast hook
ups and releases.

#6: Key hider.
Did you know that lost keys are among the top reasons people
need roadside help? A
magnetic key hider will spare the need to
call for service. It tucks underneath your car. Look for key hiders
which have a combination lock. Just be sure you remember the
code or it's like
cryptocurrency which could be worthless if you
don't remember the code.

#7: Gas Siphon.
Running out of gas happens to the best of us, but a gas siphon
can help should you be lucky enough to have someone willing to
give you some of their gas.

Worry not that a gas siphon is an item for petty criminals. A
siphon pump is a good idea to carry with you on your travels in
good times and in bad. Good Samaritans exist and will allow you
to pump a bit of their gas into your car should you need it. You
can worry later about the unethical dilemmas you may face in
uncertain times when gas is hard to secure (and you have a
means to secure some). Carry also a gas can! It is otherwise
unwise and unsafe to carry gasoline in an open container.

Safety experts caution against the unsafe practice of siphoning
petroleum by mouth, warning specifically, that it can result in loss
of life. Beckson's answer is the patented Siphon-Mate® pump; a
combination displacement lift pump and siphon pump with valves
suitable for transferring fuel. Pictured left, the Beckson Transfer
Pump for fuel Pump half strokes to start flow. Once flow begins,
fully extending the handle will allow siphoning provided that the
source is higher in elevation than the receptacle.

  • Multi-Use Pump Siphon.  Liquid transfer of gasoline, water
    or air with the multi-use Siphon Inflation Pump with Hose,
    pictured right. Ideal for transferring gas from the truck's tank
    or other large containers into engine tanks while in the field.
    Dual-action pump. The intake tube is placed at the bottom of
    the liquid to be moved and the outgoing tube is fed into the
    receptacle receiving the liquid. Pump the handle a couple
    times to prime the pump and then pull the handle fully out.
    To stop the flow at any time, simply depress the handle. It
    also helps inflate toys!

#8: No spill Gas Gan.
The No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can, pictured right. is CARB
and EPA compliant. The thumb button control gives you precise
pouring.Most spills happen when tipping a normal can
to get the spout into the tank opening before the liquid comes
out, or removing the spout from the target vessel before
overflowing. The No-Spill spout is fully in your control, so you tip
the can vertical, insert the spout into the vessel opening, then
press the button to begin and control pouring. To stop pouring
just release the button. It practically eliminates spills and

#9. Car fire extinguisher.
The First Alert Auto Fire Extinguishe by Kidde is compact and can
be stored in any car or vehicle. 5-B: C rated compact car fire
extinguishers are ideal for use in vehicles. Fights flammable liquid
and electrical fires. Small enough to fit in the trunk. Includes
heavy duty mounting bracket to keep unit secureThis car fire
extinguisher has a metal pull pin with safety seal to help prevent
accidental discharge and discourage tampering. Includes a secure
extinguisher mount, bracket and strap for secure placement.

#10 Emergency heat for your car.
If your car or truck breaks down and inclement weather threatens
your life, it's good to know you've prepared with the following.

#11: Communications for your car.

  • Two way radio. The Motorolla Two way radio with its
    plugged-in, always-on connectivity and instant
    communication, keeps you and your family ready for
    emergency situations. Even if the power is out or cell phone
    towers are down, your radio will be charged and ready to go,
    so that you can get weather alerts and communicate with
    your community. There are two ways to power your radio:
    use the included NiMH rechargeable batteries for up to 12
    hours or use 3 AA batteries for up to 29 hours. To recharge
    the NiMH batteries, choose from one of three ways: connect
    it to your vehicle adaptor or your computer, or plug the micro-
    USB cable into an outlet.

  • Navigation tools. Be sure to have an old fashioned map in
    case your cellphone doesn't work.

#12: First Aid kid.
Every car needs a first aid kit for simple fixes when you're out and
about. One useful item to remember is a wool blanket for shock
victims. A wool blanket also comes in handy if you get stuck in
inclement weather.

#13: Seat belt cutter and window hammer.
Don't get trapped in your car. Use the LifeHammer auto escape
tool when doors are jammed, the seat belt is stuck, and breaking
the window is the only way out!

Lifehammer is a seat belt cutter and window hammer to help
get you out of a car accident. This emergency escape and rescue
tool has razor-sharp blade cuts easily through safety belts. The
double-sided, steel hammer heads breaks through side and rear
windows. A fluorescent pin glows in the dark for easy retrieval,

#14: Food & water for your car.
Food is an important part of your car kit. Keep it simple. What
foods to put in your car or truck? Food that can withstand heat
and cold.

  • Ration bars. Ration bars are ideal for cars and boats
    because they are non-thirst provoking and can withstand
    temperature extremes. Ration bars withstand extreme
    conditions and temperatures (-22F to 149F). Ration bars are
    not the same as food bars.

  • Survival Tabs. The Survival Tabs is the best possible
    emergency food in the smallest possible volume. Created to
    supply the body with all the daily essential vitamins and
    minerals needed when facing uncertainty., you can fit these
    in the glove compartment.

15: Car repair kit.
A car repair kit is an essential. Look for one that contains bit
driver, slip joint plier, drive ratchet handle, driver extension bar,
drive spark plug socket, adapter,  cable ties, SAE Hex keys, drive
sockets, and bits.

#16: Fluids and spare parts
Being prepared is about having the essentials on hand to avoid a
breakdown. Here is a list of the top things to consider so you
won't have to deal with roadside emergencies caused by a

  • Coolant: If you don't take proper care of your vehicle's
    factory installed coolant, you'll spend almost $2000 on fixing
    it with a new radiator, heater core and water pump. Worse
    yet, you void the extended warranty by not regularly
    maintaining your vehicles coolant system. Ensure fluids are
    always between the maximum and the minimum line.

  • Air filter. Be sure to check your car's air filter every 12,000
    miles. A clean air filter helps keep damaging particles from
    entering your engine and causing increased engine wear.

  • Tire repair. Quick spair can help you efficiently fix a flat tire
    to get to the repair shop.

  • Oil and Oil filter.  It almost goes without saying to keep
    clean oil lubricating your vehicle, but an often overlooked
    component of car care is the oil filter. The oil filter provides
    the necessary layer between debris and critical parts of your
    car. Don't wait for your oil filter to disintegrate and cost you
    hundreds in repair bills.

  • Spark plugs. A spark plug doesn't cost much, but if you don't
    maintain them for your vehicles, you'll spend around $500 in
    ignition-related repairs. Prevent misfires, which damage
    spark plug wires, along with the ignition coils by taking
    necessary maintenance precautions.

  • Timing Belt (Luxury item). One sure fire way to get yourself
    stranded is to have a broken timing belt. It's never
    convenient, but as Murphy's law will have, it will probably
    happen when the temperatures are dangerously high, or
    when you're escaping a storm.

    More about timing belts versus chains... On replacing timing
    belts you must take care to ensure that the valve and piston
    movements synchronize correctly. Get the parts you need on

  • Transmission fluid. The cost of rebuilding a transmission is
    a few thousand dollars, but far more expensive to the
    prepper is being stuck when the transmission goes out and
    there's no way to get a repair.
Above, AllState Insurance shares with you their top list of things to pack in
your car to survive a winter emergency. They left out some important
things, like food, but we'll start with their list.

AllState suggest you pack these helpful items:
  1. First aid kit
  2. Medications
  3. Emergency reflectors
  4. Flashlight
  5. Batteries
  6. Jumper cables
  7. Window scraper
  8. Snow brush
  9. Survival blanket
  10. Tow straps
  11. Hat
  12. Gloves
  13. Jacket
  14. Shovel
  15. Kitty Litter

Customize a Road Assistance Kit today!
Having the tools to get you back on the road takes only the
foresight of putting it all together.

At minimum consider putting the following your road kit:
  • 1 heavy duty booster jumper cable
  • 1 hand-charged dual LED flashlight
  • 1 pair of dimpled work gloves
  • 1 emergency poncho
  • 1 emergency whistle
  • 1 flat head screwdriver
  • 1 Phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 roll of duct tape
  • 1 utility knife
  • 1 bungee cord
  • 2 shop cloths
  • 10 cable ties, and
  • 45 piece first-aid kit
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