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Old 03-06-2019, 01:36 PM   #1
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You never know when you might find yourself in an emergency situation. If you happen to be at home, you have a wide variety of resources available to you but the same may not be true if you find yourself on the road. You canít predict the future, but you can prepare yourself in the event of an emergency by creating a DIY car emergency kit. Tips for Assembling a DIY Car Emergency Kit
Do you have a car emergency kit?

If so, what's in it?
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10mm, glass breaker, flares, knife, First Aid kit.
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I don’t consider things like pen, paper, flashlight to be emergency kit items. They are day to day items that I carry in the cabin area. Same thing with a glass breaker. If you carry it, it’s got to be in the cabin where you can get to it. It may not do you any good in a box in the trunk.

For a lot of people, I’d start the emergency list with cell phone, cell phone charging cord (with 12v adapter if your car doesn’t have usb), and AAA card. Emergency tools don’t help if they don’t know how to use them.

It’s surprising how many drivers do not know where their spare tire, jack, and lug wrench are.
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I donít consider things like pen, paper, flashlight to be emergency kit items. They are day to day items that I carry in the cabin area. Same thing with a glass breaker. If you carry it, itís got to be in the cabin where you can get to it. It may not do you any good in a box in the trunk.

For a lot of people, Iíd start the emergency list with cell phone, cell phone charging cord (with 12v adapter if your car doesnít have usb), and AAA card. Emergency tools donít help if they donít know how to use them.

Itís surprising how many drivers do not know where their spare tire, jack, and lug wrench are.
What about areas without cell service? Like the mountains. I've lost service even in the Coastal Mtns. There might be no one to see a flare.
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Emergency Kit? No, but I carry enough tools to build a shelter on site, lol
I do carry a first aid kit, and always have extra sweatshirts, hats and gloves in winter months.
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Yep, old airline blankets, neck pillows, first aid kit, sand bag shovel (folding), Leatherman. Plus if weather is really bad I carry my bug out pack.
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Yes, I have a first aid kit, it came with my car...it pretty much has
everything in it for first aid in a neatly zipped case.
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What about areas without cell service? Like the mountains. I've lost service even in the Coastal Mtns. There might be no one to see a flare.
Good point...Looking at the picture that gal doesn't have cell service either. If she did she wouldn't be looking in the book.
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Yes, I have a first aid kit, it came with my car...it pretty much has
everything in it for first aid in a neatly zipped case.
I'm not too impressed with most First Aid kits. If you're bleeding you need real dressings & lots of them. I doubt there's a tourniquet in there. They'd be liable if you lost your limb. Not to be negative, but it's reality.
They should put a Wilderness Medicine book in there.

I have ABD dressings in the car for others but found them useful when a dog bit me on the wrist & calf. It's just hard to stop bleeding on two places with one hand. That's where the wide elastic sports tape comes in.
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I'm not too impressed with most First Aid kits. If you're bleeding you need real dressings & lots of them. I doubt there's a tourniquet in there. They'd be liable if you lost your limb. Not to be negative, but it's reality.
They should put a Wilderness Medicine book in there.

I have ABD dressings in the car for others but found them useful when a dog bit me on the wrist & calf. It's just hard to stop bleeding on two places with one hand. That's where the wide elastic sports tape comes in.

I totally agree. Many over-the-counter fist aid kits have stuff you will never use and mean just more stuff to root through. I built my own using basic dressing pads and bandages but want to upgrade them this year with an 'Isreali bandage' and tactical tourniquet.


To the OP question, jumper cables, F/A kit, fire extinguisher, emergency blanket, flares, lighter, rope, tow strap, shovel (last 3 not on motorcycle) flashlight in addition to the Leatherman and cel phone that I carry. On the bike I also carry a compressor and plug kit. If I'm travelling any distance in the winter, especially up north I toss in a small sleeping bad and snow pants.
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Good point...Looking at the picture that gal doesn't have cell service either. If she did she wouldn't be looking in the book.
I'm wondering what book she's reading. Most people seem to take the owner's manual out (with intentions of reading it perhaps) and never put it back. Or they take it out to make room for something else.
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I'm not too impressed with most First Aid kits. If you're bleeding you need real dressings & lots of them. I doubt there's a tourniquet in there. They'd be liable if you lost your limb. Not to be negative, but it's reality.
They should put a Wilderness Medicine book in there.

I have ABD dressings in the car for others but found them useful when a dog bit me on the wrist & calf. It's just hard to stop bleeding on two places with one hand. That's where the wide elastic sports tape comes in.
if a layman has to put on a tourniquet, they've already lost the limb, since they won't have a darn clue what they're doing. the first aid kit is for if you get a papercut reading the owners manual, not drop a weld seam on your leg and sever an artery.
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What about areas without cell service? Like the mountains. I've lost service even in the Coastal Mtns. There might be no one to see a flare.
Yes, there are a lot of areas with no cell service or spotty service. Sometimes, climbing a hill or ridge will help.
If you are on a major road, just put your hood up/try to flag down someone going by. The real problem is when you turn off that major road onto a lesser road. Depending how often that road is used, you may have consider hiking out.
Use a mirror to signal airplane/helicopter ?

Road flares are primarily good for warning cars that you are obstructing part of the roadway, or to light a fire. Most people don't carry enough of them to do much of anything else.

A lot of people are carrying flares that are too old to be reliable. The flare has an indefinate storage life if their storage temp is 40-90f. Unfortunately, here in California the trunk temperature of a car parked in the sun can easily exceed 120f. So after a few summers, the reliability of the flares becomes questionable.

Checking your emergency supplies annually is a good idea. Is the spare tire aired up or flat ? Are flares and batteries in good condition and usable? Anything missing? Were consumables used and not replaced?
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In California, the major roads aren't usually a problem. Many people stop to help. Rural areas, too. It's the mountainous, isolated areas that seem to be a problem.

I'd really recommend that women stay in their locked cars after surveying the problem, at least in California, on roads with some traffic.
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if a layman has to put on a tourniquet, they've already lost the limb, since they won't have a darn clue what they're doing. the first aid kit is for if you get a papercut reading the owners manual, not drop a weld seam on your leg and sever an artery.
. Well the title of the thread includes 'emergency'. I was just watching a Mayo Clinic video on tourniquets. Apparently, Military data shows that tourniquets rarely cause permanent damage, even in an hour. The alternative to no tourniquet isn't good. Hospitals use direct pressure, usually, but that depends on the injury, you need to know. how & they have surgeons.

So perhaps one of the most important tools in everyone's kit should be reading up on common emergencies.

We've had a lot of people caught in wilderness on bad roads in snow.
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