Gentlemen, Antonio here.
All right. Today’s video we’re going to
talk about ten things that I think every man
should have in his vehicle whether you drive
a truck, drive a car, ride a motorcycle, you
want to be prepared because when you’re
prepared, gentlemen you can deal with the
unexpected. We can’t predict the future,
but what we can do is control how prepared
we are for common situations out there.
I’ve been driving vehicles for over twenty
years, I’ve owned multiple vehicles and
I’ve always made sure that my vehicles are
as prepared as they can be. This has saved
me multiple times from being stranded on the
side of the road to whenever, you know, I’ve
had it so my keys are locked in the vehicle
to whenever I’ve hit a deer and to be able
to deal with that situation. Life is going
to throw you a lot of curve balls, gentlemen
and some people appear to be lucky. Honestly,
luck is equal to preparation meeting opportunity
and you can be lucky.
So, take these items and guys if you’ve
got something to add, you know I love hearing
from you down in the comments below, go – let
me know Antonio you missed this, you could
have gotten into more detail here. In addition,
I’ve got a support article over at Real
Men Real Style, I’m going to go beyond this
ten, I’m going to talk about a number of
other items which would essential most everything
I’m going to talk about here I feel were
the ten essentials. All right? Let’s get
So, number one, have a spare key on your vehicle.
Now, this works out pretty easy for me, I’ve
got an older truck about twenty years old
and I keep a spare key hidden on there. Yes,
you’re going to run the issue of it’s
going to probably send your alarm off, however
you can get in there to your keys. Having
kids in there in our minivan we have had a
three-year old locked herself in the minivan.
My wife has locked herself out of the van.
And, yes, I showed up with a spare key, the
alarm goes off, but that door opens we’re
able to get in there, get the keys without
having to break the window. Find a way to
get a spare key and hide it on your vehicle.
Also, it’s great to have another set at
home especially with someone, you know, someone
that can turn the alarm on or off.
Number two is get that spare tire and make
sure it’s not flat. So, I’ve bought used
vehicles, it didn’t come with a spare and
we didn’t know that ‘til six months after
almost to the point that I’m glad we checked
because we did actually need it. So, make
sure that your spare is good to go that it
actually is there. Also, make sure you got
the tools, make sure that you know how to
use the jack. Look, it’s better to look
now when you’ve got light than at 2:00 in
the morning and day where do I – how do
I even use this jack. You also want to make
sure that you’ve got the tools to be able
to take that tire off. Oftentimes, what your
car comes with is just not going to be adequate
or it’s going to be a lot harder, so make
sure you’ve got those tools.
Number three, carry a good first aid kit.
You can buy one for $10 or you could put your
own together. I worked with my son to put
together first aid kits. We’ve got two in
our house and one in each vehicle. This comes
in handy all the time. Kids scrape, you know,
one of my daughters scrapes herself, we have
princess band aids in our first aid kit, plus
Neosporin and everything else. But, you know,
there’s also important to have a booklet
in there so in case you do come across someone
who’s gone into shock, with my kids, you
know, I’ve tried to give them some basic
first air training maybe it’s the Boy Scout
the marine in me, but I’m always, you know,
trying to get them thinking about what are
you going to do if you run into this situation.
But, a big part of it is having that first
aid kit handy.
Number four jumper cables. If you don’t
know what jumper cables are if you don’t
have them in your vehicle, stop now, go to
the article, get some basic jumper cable.
It is incredibly important to have jumper
cables. I use this all the time. And I live
in a part of the world where it gets deathly
cold, so I not only have jumper cables, but
I’ve also got these jumping devices. This
one made by JNC I probably used this twenty
times over the last five years to help other
motorists stranded on the side of the road.
I helped my neighbor get her car started.
Number five, have a bright jacket. I’ve
had this Helly Hansen in my truck for twenty
years and, it’s a great jacket, I love it,
I don’t normally wear it though. I like
a bright jacket because if I’m getting out
of my vehicle late at night, I can simply
put this on, it will – so basically it’s
acting as a reflective vest. In addition,
if it’s cold, hey, I’ve got this to keep
me warm and when my kids are cold, I’ve
got this as an extra blanket. If somebody’s
in shock on the side of the road, I can use
it as a blanket. There are so many uses for
a bright very warm jacket. Also, make sure
it’s water resistant if you’re going to
be in snow and you’re going to have to walk
half a mile to a gas station and a little
bit of a blizzard, you want something that’s
going to block the wind and is going to keep
out any of the wetness.
Number six, the tool kit. So, I have a multi-tool
in my glove compartment, I like the knife
on it, but it also have a proper tool kit
in the back. I rarely ever use this toolkit.
So, I went with one and just packaged it up.
This one made by Stanley, it works fine. Now,
this one sits in my truck and I’ve got the
same exact one in my wife’s van. It’s
there just in case we need to be able to get
under hood and make a small adjustment, if
we hit a deer and you’ve got some, you know,
you literally you’ve got to, you know, remove
parts out of, you know, the vehicle so that
you can keep driving, you know, that’s what
a toolkit is there for.
Number seven, water and food. Water much more
important. You cannot go very long just maybe
a day and a half, two days without water.
With food, you can go a week, so you’re
fine there. I do keep MREs in there, if my
kids if they say, oh, I’m really hungry
I’m like, well, we’ve got the emergency
MRE. Nobody ever touches it, but at least
it will sustain us in an emergency situation.
In my truck I keep about six of this, in our
van I keep about eight to twelve. Now, you
need about a gallon per day, that’s what
they recommend. I think you can get away with
about half a gallon per day in an emergency
situation, but, you know, again, this is more
Number eight is the flashlight. I keep this
one by Maglite, I really like it. The batteries
last long time. I do keep an extra set and
it – we use it quite a bit, if you’re
not going to be using it, if you have a smaller
flashlight, then remove the batteries put
them in a plastic bag. I also like this one,
I can use this as a hammer or a weapon if
we’ve got maybe some type of animal that’s
outside the vehicle and won’t leave us or
let us get outside the vehicle or maybe I
would just stay at the vehicle at that point.
Number nine, I got an extra wallet. I do – with
this extra wallet, I’ve got about $25 in
cash. I also have around $10 in change I keep
in the vehicle in the glove box. Also, I’ve
got an expired license and a credit card just
in case, you know, I need to be able to show
some form or ID. Most people don’t check
the dates and it’s, you know, the credit
card I use it once every six months to make
sure it’s working not expired and I can
use this if I really need to be able to buy
gas and forget my wallet.
Finally, a map. I know a lot of you guys have
GPS and you say, Antonio, I don’t need a
map. Well, there are places where you’re
not going to get a signal and where having
a good map is going to be very useful.
Okay. So, what were the items I didn’t choose
to include, again, I go into that more here
in the article. But, guys in that article
I’m going to talk about, you know, there’s
tissues, I carry extra business cards, I’ve
always got nice books so I can read and I
can double this book if I have to start a
fire with a fire starting device. Duct tape,
sunglasses, a miniature grooming kit, you
know, just in case it’s, you know, like
I got kids, we brush their teeth late at night
when we’re coming home because they’re
always asleep in the vehicle. I’ve also
got my songs from the Marine Corps for motivation
and, yes, that is a cassette tape.
All right, guys, let me know what you think.
I would love to hear from you down in the
comments. Go check out the article and I’ll
see you in the next video. Take care.
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