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Don't Leave Home Without an Emergency Kit for Your Car

With millions of travelers hitting the roads for the holidays, the Automobile Club of Southern California reminds motorists that it’s important to be prepared for a possible break down any time, including while vacationing and even in a properly maintained vehicle.
According to the Auto Club, it’s important for drivers to be prepared for breakdowns or emergencies by outfitting their vehicle with food, water, tools, clothing and other gear in a roadside emergency kit which can aid them should their vehicle become disabled, or they become lost.  Properly stocked, an emergency kit will help drivers repair minor breakdowns, or possibly survive, until help arrives.
“Placing several items in an emergency roadside kit in your trunk will help prepare you to handle minor mechanical problems to get you back on the road or until the Auto Club or other rescue help arrives,” said the Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center Manager Steve Mazor.  “It’s very helpful to have a fully charged cell phone in your vehicle, along with water, blankets, a jacket and a disposable camera in your glove box in the event that you require a tow, 9-1-1 emergency assistance, or documentation of a crash,” added Mazor.  The Auto Club recommends the following items be included in a basic roadside emergency kit for a vehicle:
Basic Roadside Emergency Kit Checklist:
Auto Club/AAA Membership Card (in your wallet)
Candles (in cold climates)
Cell Phone (fully charged)
Copies of Legal Papers (Passport, Driver’s License, etc.)
Disposable Camera in glove box or cell phone with camera to photograph crash damage
Extra prescribed medications, First Aid Kit
Tire Pressure Gauge
Fire Extinguisher, Flares, Warning Triangles or Reflectors
Flashlight with Extra Batteries
Heavy Gloves, Jacket and Hat
Jack for Tire Changing
Jumper Cables
Paper Towels, Pencil/Pen and Notebook
Quart of Oil and Coolant (specific to your vehicle)
Reflective Sun Shade
Rags and Towels 
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The Automobile Club of Southern California is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the following California counties: Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura.