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15 Things You Need in Your Car Year Round

You never know when you're going to find yourself in a parking lot with a dead battery, on the side of the road with a flat tire or even in a ditch in frigid weather. So it pays to be prepared. We've put together a list of the items you should keep in your car at all time no matter the season.

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Warm Hat and Gloves

Warm Hat and Gloves

Staying warm is the most important survival tactic when you're stranded in the winter. It's always a good idea to have an extra hat and gloves so you (or an under-clothed guest) can keep warm while getting your car out of a ditch, changing a tire or taking a look under the hood.

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Foldable Shovel

Foldable Shovel

Digging out compacted snow from under the car or around the wheels is much easier with a proper shovel. Plus, using your hands, even in gloves, can cool you down fast. When you don't have room for a full-size shovel (and really, who does?), the next best thing is a foldable shovel. You can pick them up online or in military surplus stores. Maybe the best tip, though, is becoming a better winter driver. Learn our best winter driving tips here.Grab yourself a foldable shovel that will help out a lot more than just your car at Amazon.
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Notepad and Pen or Pencil

Notepad and Pen or Pencil

When you call for a tow, there are likely additional phone numbers a dispatcher will give you, as well as a possible incident number. Or if you're in an accident, you'll need the other drivers license and plate number. If your pen isn't writing, it could be frozen, so warm it up between your hands. Or you can use a trusty pencil, too (though it might be harder to read in poor lighting).You can get some cheap notepads at Amazon.
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Cell Phone Car Charger

Cell Phone Car Charger

Cell phones are welcome lifelines when your car is stuck, but they're only effective when they're charged. So keep a spare cell phone charger in your survival kit to keep your phone charged up. Here are some best practices for winter driving.Check out a USB charger for the car at Amazon that lets you plug in a variety of devices.
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Simple Tool Kit

Simple Tool Kit

There are a few roadside fixes that can be accomplished with some common tools. Pack a couple screwdrivers, pliers, an adjustable wrench and some duct tape. If you can get your car moving again and to a service station with a few Macgyver tricks, you may not only get home safe and sound, you'll save yourself the cost of a tow. Check out this guide to troubleshooting a car that won't start.