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Driving Kits: Why it's good to have one in your car and how to assemble it

Updated on October 15, 2014
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

In my years of owning several vehicles, I have never thought that I needed a Driving Kit until I wished I had had one. My car broken down on a cold Winter night - I was grateful for my prayers, cell phone and charger. After I spent a few hours in the cold I knew I did not want my Mom to experience what I experienced, so I made sure she had a Driving Kit and I also gave one away to a friend of mine. Driving Kits, or Car Kits, as some people call them, is something that is seldom thought of. Driving Kits make great gifts for the following individuals:

  • Teen Drivers
  • Elderly Drivers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Handicapped Drivers
  • For people who travel a lot by car on business
  • For people who live in rural areas
  • First time car owner

You may tailor your Driving Kit to the climate in which you live. The items you choose to assemble your Driving Kit is up to you. You may choose to purchase a ready-made Driving Kit as well. When you have your Driving Kit make sure you know how to use each item in the kit. If you have teens make sure they understand the items in the kit and are able to use them as well. If you are driving long distance with friends let them know that you have a Driving Kit, let them see it, and get familiar with the items too - remember, two heads are better than one. Be mindful not to weigh down your vehicle, but get what you think you'll use.

Let's take a look at what can go in your Driving Kit:

  • A Blanket - something I wish I had when my car broke down on that Winter night
  • An Led Flashlight - no batteries needed, has a lever for winding up
  • Work Gloves: suppose you have to change a tire
  • Jumper Cables or a Self-contained / Portable Car Jump Start Station in which you don't have to depend on another car to get a jump start
  • Small Gas Can
  • Tire Gauge
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sneakers - ladies, it's hard to work in high heels
  • Snow Shovel
  • Snacks, like protein bars, especially for the kids
  • Flares
  • Paper Towels
  • Reflective Markers
  • "We Need Help" sign - this can prompt a passerby to call 911
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Triangular Reflectors
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water
  • A can of Fix-A-Flat: do learn how to change a tire
  • Extra Windshield Wipers - some weather is so harsh that your windshield wipers can freeze
  • Duct Tape
  • Bungee Cords - might have to tie something down
  • Rain Poncho or large Garbage Bags




Portable Car Jump Start Station, Headlights Cleaner, and Car Kits

You can jump start your car without the assistance of another car, and you want to see clearly as well. The items below make great gifts for the Road Warrior in your life.

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