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Safety Tips & “Trunk Junk” From StateFarm (giveaway ends 2/7/14)

 

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When it comes to winter driving I am THE WORSE! I so much as see a snowflake and I start to panic, let alone drive in a snowstorm.

I had two instances where my car spun out of control in the snow. Those experiences jaded me. I go into total panic mode when I have to drive in snow and ice – even in our own condo complex! Our complex is on a steep hill. I would rather walk down the hill than drive my car in it.

Thank goodness I work from home. I know one day I’ll need to get back into the 9-5 work mode. Until then I am grateful I don’t usually have to leave our home during a snowstorm.

My husband has to drive in the snow. His job rarely closes due to the weather. He also has to drive through a state park (no cellphone service), cross a bridge and drive over a very scary mountain road. I had to drive that mountain road once to pick him up when his car broke down. I was in near tears! The road has a lot of twists and turns and if you slide off the road you’ll fly off the mountain. I can’t imagine driving that in inclement weather.

StateFarm has many great tips to help you stay safe and survive winter driving. Even if you don’t live in an area that snows, you can still apply a lot of the tips towards every day driving as well as driving in inclement weather.

It all starts with what is in your trunk.

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If I asked you to go to your trunk at this moment in time and write a list of it’s contents, what would be some of the items you would find? I admit I have A LOT of non-car essential in my trunk. Currently in my trunk you will find;

  • A box full of brand new posts and pans (I have been meaning to take them to my father’s house to store them in his basement).
  • Blankets, towels and sheets (donations for the local animal shelter)
  • A box full of our grown clothes of my daughter’s that I am suppose to mail to my cousin’s daughter in PA.
  • A Thomas train set that I meant to drop off at Toys for Tots during the holidays
  • An assortment of outdoor activity stuff (basketball, soccer ball, Frisbee…).

I THINK I have a first aid kit, but I’m not 100% sure because I can’t see what is in the back of the trunk. My husband has a first aid kit. He also has jumper cables, glow sticks, blankets, tools and a few other safety items.

Ladies, when it comes to our trunks, men are better prepared for emergencies. Our trunks are usually filled with things for the kids (toys, games, strollers…) where as men keep tools and other necessary equipment in their trunks.

Check out this interesting infographic.

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This information has inspired me to remove are the junk from my junk. I am NOT prepared for an emergency. Even if I do have an emergency kit in my car it’s in the back of the trunk and it would be hard to locate it among all the unnecessary stuff in my trunk.

Does your trunk have the recommended emergency supplies? Some suggestions are;

  • Small folding shovel
  • Tow and tire chains
  • First Aid kit
  • Basic tool kit Bag of road salt or cat litter
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing (socks, sweater, gloves…)
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food (like granola bars)
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Warning flares
  • Candle and wooden matches
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Cellphone charger (ideally a solar powered one or portable one that doesn’t require your car’s battery)

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I would also recommend that if you are going on a road trip to let someone know what route you are taking so in the event you don’t make it to your destination people will know where to look for you.

I would also recommend keeping some quarters and a few dollars hidden in your car in case you need to walk to a payphone to call for help.

You should also check to make sure your car is in good working condition including well inflated tires, necessary fuel and gas.

StateFarm has many other great tips and suggestions on their website. I highly recommend you check them out – Winter Driving Survival Tips. You can also learn more about StateFarm and other great information/resources at www.Statefarm.com.

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StateFarm would like me to offer a lucky reader a road emergency kit to help you get started in replacing the junk in your trunk with appropriate emergency equipment. The kit includes;

  • Triangular-shaped tote with carry handle that doubles as a reflective hazard warning sign
  • Jumper cables
  • Heavy-duty plastic ice scraper
  • Tire-pressure gauge
  • 9-piece ratchet set with rigid hand driver, pair of standard slip-joint pliers, flathead screwdriver and Phillips screwdriver
  • Electrical tape
  • Blade-style automotive fuses
  • Pair of white work gloves
  • Insulated ring and spade terminals

This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only and will end on February 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about the types of things I would find in your car’s trunk.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving a free kit in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly works with school aged children doing before/after school care. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Mostly tools, car cleaning supplies, and sports equipment.

  2. An extra pair of boots.
    Ice melt. A scraper.
    Water. scarves and mittens and some pumpkin seeds

  3. I think my car’s trunk is actually clean right now. Well, there are some jumper cables in there.

  4. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    We have a van. Currently in the back of it is a spare tire, my husband’s scooter, a arm crutch, a umbrella, a box of tools a box of car cleaning supplies and a bunch of trash…..lol

  5. Jennifer Pellicone says:

    I am sharing my car with my college-age son right now. The trunk is FULL of school papers, school books, football, coats, various clothing, (some of which belong to his friends, but he’s not sure who goes with what), towels, even a roll of commercial paper towels…
    I did have a small emergency kit in there at one time, but it has since disapeared. This would be fantastic to win!!

  6. My trunk has an emergency kit for me (food, water, blankets, etc) and one for my dog, as well.

  7. I have a blanket for emergencies

  8. Motor oil, mechanic’s tools, shopping bags, and our winter emergency kit.

  9. Virginia Rowell says:

    I have a set of small tools, a jack, and a first aid kit. That’s about it.

  10. My trunk is empty (it’s a mini van). I keep a small first aid kit and a flashlight in the glove box.
    Thanks!

  11. Blanket, 3 bottles of water, 1 towel, 2 packages of trail mix and 3 reusable shopping bags.

  12. Stephanie Phelps says:

    In my trunk you would find some expired coupons, extra clothes for the kids and flashlights and tools!

  13. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I do not have anything in my car’s trunk

  14. A spare tire and that’s it.

  15. Jumper cables, spare tire, emergency/first aid kit, bottled water.

  16. D Schmidt says:

    Our contains a stroller, snacks, clothes and drinks for our children oh and an emergency kit.

  17. stuff that lives in the trunk: a floor jack, a 4-way tire iron, full size spare tire ( I hate the wimpy spare tire stuff that came with the car), jumper cables, a basic tool kit, zip ties, duct tape, latex gloves, disposable hand towels, a bag with sunscreen, towels, bug spray & baby powder (impromptu beach stuff – it’s great living on the coast), water bottles, tote bags, spare set of clothes for each child, big first aid kit (there’s a smaller one that lives under the front seat)
    stuff that’s just visiting the trunk: girl scout uniform, completed science project board, a 12 pack of soda, a pile of rocks (geology club meeting remnants), rock digging tools, and a sleeping bag and probably some other stuff that i don’t remember……. I think I need to clean out my trunk.

  18. Cynthia R says:

    I’ve got two lawn charis we take to concerts and stuff. also a safety kit with jumper cables.

  19. In my trunk right now I have jumper cables, a snow shovel, ice scraper and windshield washer fluid.

  20. In my trunk I have shopping bags, paper towels, small bag of stuff to return to walmart. small first aid kit. Umbrella.

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  22. Kim Henrichs says:

    There’s an extra coat, a box with matches, cell phone battery and water. Oh and some Christmas boxes that need to be tossed. I definitely need some emergency gear!

  23. Margaret Smith says:

    A blanket, windex, paper towels, some plastic bags, some cloth bags, some small toys and a couple of balls.

  24. jodi frasier/lasher says:

    In all honesty you would not find much lol.. An old blanket, spare tire, and that’s about it… LOL.. Thanks

  25. danielle hall says:

    computer monitors…books…bags who knows what else lol

  26. Holly Kennedy says:

    Extra bags, umbrella, jumper cables, and a blanket.

  27. Holly Thomas says:

    Our car has most of the emergency equipment plus a toolbox.

  28. I have blanets, travel pillows, reusable grocery bags, shovel.

  29. I have some jumper cables, a blanket, and a bunch of other random things I need to clean out.

  30. I mostly carry stuff for car maintenance or emergencies.

  31. Cindy Merrill says:

    We have Shopping bags and a bag of cat litter in our car trunk.

  32. Kristi Price says:

    Of course I love the giveaway, I would truly love to win this but I have to say this was a very well-written and interesting article as well and such a huge reminder to me because I have nothing (I will say behind my seat since I have a Dodge Dakota truck with no topper and of course no trunk) in my truck at all for an emergency, not even jumper cables which I normally do have that at least.
    You remind me SO much of myself and driving in scary situations, I can get myself so worked up that I will have a major panic attack..and I live in Florida and have never even seen snow! lol My fear is 5 lanes of traffic flying 80-85 mph on the interstate. A semi almost ran me over one time and I just can’t seem to shake my fears of wrecking now. I know I will eventually get over it, but have yet to get back on the interstate. Thankfully, I live in a small town and don’t have the need to go to the big cities around us for the most part. Anyhow, sorry to be so long-winded. It’s good to know that I am not alone in how I feel. Have a good day! 😀

  33. I normally do not have anything at all in my trunk. I really need to put together an emergency kit, I know.

  34. I clean houses part time so you’d find a cleaning caddy, vacuum, garbage bags, and maybe an extra pair of shoes!

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  35. Christie Kammerer says:

    stuff from the thrift store i havent brought in yet.

  36. Jenn McClearn says:

    a stroller, a battery jump pack and lots of kids stuff

  37. You would find a jack, a spare, a few boards, and that is about it.

  38. Mary Casper says:

    just a spare tire

  39. Shannon Baas says:

    right now nothing.

  40. I have a minivan so no trunk!!

  41. Ann Fantom says:

    I have some oil, jumper cables, washer fluid and fix-a-flat in my trunk

  42. Brutus Duffy says:

    Shopping bags and a cat carrier are in my trunk. Possibly a book or 2.

  43. My trunk is actually empty right now. typically my stroller is in there, and a disc golf bag.

  44. I have a new car so whatever was in there…spare tire and jack and tire iron of some sort.

  45. Cynthia C says:

    I have a snow brush/ice scraper in my trunk.

  46. Debra Hall says:

    an extra scraper and shoes nothing for an emergency

  47. A stroller, diaper, wipes, a seatbelt cutter, bungee cords, and a snow brush

  48. April Brenay says:

    kids toys, my hubby’s military gear

  49. Jennifer Rote says:

    The only thing in my trunk is groceries when I put them there.

  50. Tracy L Davis says:

    There is a blanket and oil

  51. Lets see I have tennis shoes, socks, toilet paper, sleeping back, jumper cables, oil, anti freeze, a chair there is so much more I need to get I pray I win this one. I like to be prepared!

  52. There are some jackets at the back and an orange triangle. That’s it. 🙂

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  54. Right now you would find a few gifts that I bought to give next Christmas, shopping bags, a pair of shoes and a blanket.

  55. I have an emergency kit (I don’t know what’s in it thought.. just a prepackaged bought one that I have never opened), jumper cables and some work files

  56. Katie Amanda says:

    You’d find bags, old cd’s, and a blanket.

  57. jeanette sheets says:

    blanket, gallon of water ,battery cables, oil,i follow bloglovin

  58. it’s completely empty!

  59. jumper cables, newspapers, a few grocery bags (empty)

  60. Robin Abrams says:

    Right now all I have is 3 wool blankets in my trunk

  61. Audra O'Hara says:

    Sadly not much; a spare tire, jack and I think a trash bag. I guess I need to do a better job of being prepared!

  62. april yedinak says:

    I have a snow scraper, snow chains, a blanket, some cardboard boxes, a few tools and a lint roller. I know, the lint roller is pretty random, but I keep forgetting to bring it in the house.

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  64. I actually do not have much in mine right now, I sure should though with all these cold below zero temps we have had! I have my car jack and a stroller! UGH…

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  66. I have a car safety kit, blanket and lots of reuseable shopping bags

  67. You would find an empty box and a hoodie

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  68. flashlight and some tools

  69. I have jumper cables. ice scraper/snow brush, umbrella, and plastic sheets(in case I go to pick up bags of mulch)

  70. We always have a portable battery charger, flashlight, blanket, change of clothes, and water in our trunk.

  71. practically nothing; I really should have some emergency items since this winter has been so horrible.

  72. Jamie Brigham says:

    You would find blankets, spare tire, tire iron, jackets, anti-freeze oil and an ice scraper/sweeper.

  73. Rebecca Lock says:

    I would find a full emergency pack, first aid kit, extra hats, gloves, and scarves, food and water.

  74. joseph gersch says:

    you would find an old easter stuffed animal

  75. joseph gersch says:

    like on bloglovin jtwark

  76. I have water, yoga mat, tools, etc.

  77. My trunk has various items that I think I might use someday. Among other things here is the short list: hiking boots, a change of clothes, paper towels, bottled water, and a first aid kit.

  78. I have a blanket and water

  79. kyl neusch says:

    a blanket for emergencies

  80. Rebecca Peters says:

    Right now all thats in my trunk is 2 bags of toys going to good will and a bag of returnables

  81. A blanket, bowling shoes, plastic bags and tennis balls!

  82. Laura Ari says:

    You’d find blanket and rain ponchos for soccer games, water, snacks and an air pump?

  83. susan smoaks says:

    we have a tool kit and wool blanket for emergencies

  84. Karrie Millheim says:

    I have a first aid kit, oil, gallon of water and battery cables

  85. Melanie Comello says:

    We have an emergency medical kit in the back of our Xterra. crazily enough, it actually came with that. Has its only space in the back hatch that straps the kit in. Other than that, you’ll find my daughters trike, my hubbys jacket and x amount of his random tools lol.

  86. Jaime Cummings says:

    Not much in my car’s trunk, an umbrella I think 🙂

  87. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I have bungee cords, crates for the groceries, blanket

  88. Rebecca Moore says:

    I think the question in my car becomes what don’t you find in my trunk?? we have blankets, water, food, sweaters, clothes, safety items, ummm everything one could want plus..

  89. tina reynolds says:

    I have junk reuse bags stuff i need to donate and a stroller

  90. Mihaela Day says:

    a first aid kit 🙂

  91. Terry Cross says:

    Just an old army blanket

  92. Jumper cables

  93. Donna Pyszk says:

    Clothes for donation, spare tire , jumper cables and books

  94. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    Cable Jumpers, First Aid Kit, Snow Chains

  95. I have a blanket, candle, water

  96. Beverly Metcalf says:

    Those items would come in handy. I have some booster cables and a small shovel in my trunk. Thanks for having this contest.

  97. Thanks for the giveaway… a small shovel, leather work gloves, & a flashlight.

  98. Food, clothes, water, jumper cables, first aid kit.
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    Thanks for the contest.