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As you can imagine, suffering a breakdown, being stranded in bad weather, or being involved in an accident can result in injuries or can cause you to be trapped inside your vehicle, perhaps for days. One way to help assure that you will live to tell your grandchildren about the experience is to have a car survival kit in your auto or truck. These kits will generally contain not only some first aid supplies, but also emergency water and food, as well as space blankets and other items that can help you stay alive and healthy. You may already have an emergency kit for your automobile that has handy items for quick vehicle repairs, but you need one for the humans inside the car, too.
One of the most important things to remember is that your car survival kit will do you no good if you are unable to get out of the car and the kit has been safely stowed in the trunk. While this will not be a problem if you drive a van, SUV, station wagon, or pickup, you will have to decide exactly where to keep your kit so that it's accessible if you drive a sedan. It is especially helpful if the kit is within easy reach of anyone in the passenger compartment.
Although most accidents and other roadside mishaps are addressed quickly, there can be times when you and any passengers will simply be stuck for hours or days. Blizzards and flooding can cause people to become stranded, and having your car survival kit within arm's reach can keep you and others hydrated, fed, and warm. Monumental traffic jams, often the result of evacuations, can also stretch out a journey to an intolerable length, especially if you get thirsty or hungry.
Another reason to keep your car survival kit in the passenger compartment is that the trunk will become even hotter than the main part of the car. Although emergency food bars are designed to withstand both very high and very low temperatures, 'ordinary' food such as granola bars or trail mix will deteriorate rapidly in the high heat of the trunk, and supplies such as these should be examined and replaced at least once a year.
When you are trying to decide where to keep your car survival kit, especially if you drive a sedan, your decision should also be based on what kind of road hazards and weather conditions you will be likely to face. One thing always to remember is that you should never embark on a journey without a survival kit in your vehicle.