Staying Prepared with a Roadside Emergency Kit

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Staying prepared is key to avoiding catastrophe and is one of the major reasons you should always have a roadside emergency kit. Aside from the standard supplies like a spare tire kit and jumper cables, you should always keep extra supplies to help you in any circumstance.

According to the DMV, you should carry a first aid kit at all times. This should be stocked with things like gauze and bandages, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter painkillers, vinyl gloves, tweezers, scissors, and cotton balls.

You should also consider taking some basic tools. This includes a Phillips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, adjustable pliers, needle-nose pliers, and a roll or two of duct tape. You should be able to slow, if not stop, minor leaks or other issues with this basic tool kit.

Spare fluids are vital for any emergency kit. Water is great for drinking and as a spare coolant. You should also have a spare quart of oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid as well. If you are travelling somewhere especially cold, consider bringing antifreeze/coolant as opposed to just water.

Other supplies include the following: work gloves, blankets, flashlights, flares, and a pocketknife. Tire sealing kits such as Fix-a-Flat are also great in a pinch, though they are not designed for long term repairs. These are just some of the basic supplies to pack. Be sure to resupply every few months, and feel free to substitute materials based on your specific needs.

Honda Safety Features Put Civic and Pilot on “10 Best Family Cars” List

2016 Honda Civic named one of 10 Best Family Cars

Honda models are designed to be family friendly, one of the many reasons the Civic and Pilot recently earned awards for their family-oriented design. The latest comes from Parents Magazine and, which recognized the Civic and Pilot in their list of the 10 Best Family Cars.

According to Honda, the Civic’s safety features were the major reason for the award. These include technologies like the Honda Sensing™ suite with features like automatic emergency braking. The Civic was also given a 5-Star Overall Rating in safety from both the NCAP and the NHTSA, and it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

The 2016 Pilot is just as impressive, offering dynamic handling and a refreshed exterior design. It also comes with the same Honda Sensing technologies, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™), and a standard multi-angle rearview camera. Named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and awarded a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, the Pilot is incredibly safe.

It’s no wonder both the Pilot and Civic were included on the list of the 10 Best Family Cars by Edmunds and Parents Magazine. Thanks to their unparalleled safety, you get added peace of mind when you drive a Honda.