Your Emergency Car Kit

Keep these in your car to help you prevent accidents and cope with emergencies.

Keep these in your car to help you prevent accidents and cope with emergencies, says Geoff Sundstrom, a spokesman for AAA.

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Tire-pressure gauge


Low air increases the risk of a blowout, upping your chance of an accident. Get accurate readings with the Moroso 89560 ($36.95).

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Roll of duct tape


It's a great temporary fixer for little glitches, whether it's a sun visor that won't stay up or a leaking hose under the hood.

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Tool kit


Sundstrom recommends having flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, and an adjustable wrench. Get all that and more with a superhelpful all-in-one kit like the Apollo 53-piece Roadside Emergency Kit ($44.99).

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Cell phone charger


You want a lifeline when you really need it. The iGo Car Charger ($19.99) works with your phone, Bluetooth headset, GPS device, and more.

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A substantial snack bar, like Larabar Peanut Butter & Jelly ($1.69; Whole Foods Market), will tide you over with its 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

Keep a bottle or two of water on hand, as well as a drink with electrolytes to help prevent dehydration if you're stuck in the heat, like Gatorade's low-cal G2 ($1.29 for a 20-ounce bottle; grocery stores nationwide).

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