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  • Car Emergency Kit + Good Hands Roadside Assistance


    Last month, I gave you the details on AllState’s new Good Hands Roadside Assistance Program. It’s a pay-as-you-go program so unlike other programs where you have to pay a monthly fee for a service you’ll hopefully never need, with Good Hands Roadside Assistance, you only pay if and when you need help. It’s easy to register using the widget below:

    While you’re waiting for Good Hands Roadside Assistance to arrive, you’ll be happy if you’ve packed a few essentials in an emergency car kit. Grab a durable tote or backpack, and stock it with the following:

    • Battery powered radio and extra batteries
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Blanket, gloves and hat, rain poncho
    • First aid kit
    • Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter
    • Maps
    • Bungee cords or Rope
    • Extra cash and change
    • Disposable camera if your cell doesn’t have a camera (for documenting an accident)
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Compass
    • Roadside flares to help keep you safe while you’re waiting

    If you have young children, you’ll also want to stash some extra clothes and diapers for them. And if you have an infant, you might put some powdered formula in there even if you are breastfeeding since you might not be with your baby during the emergency.

    What else do you keep in your car for emergencies?

    Disclosure: Allstate is compensating me to help spread the word about their Good Hands Roadside Assistance program. Any opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy here.