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Saturday, May 12, 2012

ANSI Reflective Vest
Cars are so much a part of our day-to-day that we barely think about them anymore. However, that doesn't stop them from behind a primary contributor to hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths every year. As such you need to be extra careful when you're making plans involving your car, and there are certain things you should always have on hand for those unpredictable situations where you're in an emergency.

First things first, make sure that your car emergency lights function properly. Your hazard lights, as they're called, are your first line of defense when there's an emergency on the road, and you should check them periodically to be sure that the flashers function. If there are any troubles then you should definitely replace the bulbs and, if necessary, have your electrical connections checked so that you have full warning light capability.

Beyond your car emergency lights though, you should also be sure that you have some very basic emergency equipment in your trunk. Emergency lights for vehicles should include road flares, flashlights (the strong kind that you can see through the rain), and if at all possible one of the orange cones that you can put over the top of a flashlight so that people can see it more easily. These emergency lights for vehicles should be regularly tested as well, at least once per year or so. Much like fire extinguishers, if you leave your lights for too long then when you finally do really need them, they won't be functional and it will be a lot like you'd never had them in the first place.

In addition to all of the emergency light capability in case of an accident or other automotive problem, you should also be sure that you have a proper amount of reflective gear on hand in your vehicle. Reflective gear can include a poncho with reflectors on it, but it might also include small road signs with reflectors on them to help guide traffic around a stalled or failed vehicle. These let drivers know that there's a problem, and they have been trained by society to follow reflective lines away from vehicles so as to avoid as much damage as possible.

These are just a few options that you should be sure to have available in whatever vehicle you're driving. You should keep all of your emergency preparedness equipment in a small, tightly packed kit that you can fit into a bin in the trunk or even in the driver's side door if needs be. This way you have everything you need, and you still have room for all the other cargo space you've set aside for when you need it.

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