Most of us keep lots of things in our car . . . like crumpled up wrappers from McDonald's and maybe some golf clubs in the trunk.  But what about the stuff you actually need in an EMERGENCY? See how many of THESE things you've got.  They're the 15 items you should always have in your car, according to the website . . .

1.  Jumper cables.

2.  At least one flashlight with extra batteries.

3.  A first aid kit.

4.  Non-perishable food.  Meaning canned food and things like energy bars.

5.  A can opener.

6.  At least three gallons of water per person.  Which means TWELVE gallons for a family of four.  But that's really just if you're driving through the middle of nowhere or going camping.  Otherwise it's overkill, and you'll just get terrible gas mileage.

7.  A basic toolkit with a wrench, pliers, and a screwdriver.

8.  Food and water for your pets.

9.  A hand-cranked radio, or one that uses batteries.

10.  Cat litter or sand to give your wheels better traction if you get stuck.

11.  A shovel.  It's especially important in the winter, in case you need to dig your car out of the snow.

12.  An ice scraper, unless you never drive anywhere cold.

13.  Extra clothes, including a jacket.

14.  A blanket or sleeping bag.

15.  Your old cell phone, and make sure it stays charged.  Even if it's deactivated, any cell phone can call 911.

Huh.  So I guess that lawn chair, old radio, and bag of t-shirts isn't going to do it, huh.  I'm gonna have to update my situation! What kind of things do you keep in your car? Would you add anything to this list?  Do you think some of it is unnecessary?

Drivingly yours,