But if something were to happen to your motor vehicle that caused you to stop — a flat tire or dead battery, for instance — would you be prepared?
Pop open your car trunk and see what you have. If you're like most motorists, it likely has more junk than essential items that could be useful in an emergency.
Some 67 percent of drivers, in fact, have had some non-essential items in the trunks of their vehicles, rather than the necessary tool that would help in a jam, according to a recent survey conducted by State Farm and KRC Research.
Among what's considered essential:
- Jumper cables
- First-Aid kit