Must Have, Emergency Roadside Items

​  Nothing is worse that being stuck on the side of the highway. But, in most cases,  the below items -- placed in an old duffle bag or box -- can get        you back on the road to holiday fun!

   Remember: If you are uncomfortable performing a repair, STOP! Call for help, instead!

  • Can of fix-a-flat 
  • Battery jump box
  • Small tool kit (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.)
  • Duct tape
  • Clear, plastic tarp
  • Bungee cords
  • External, cell phone backup battery
  • Warm blanket
  • Bottle water and sealed snacks
  • Flash light


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Allergens along for the ride, for spring

And, you thought rush-hour gridlock was bad…

There is another type of congestion on the roadways, this spring: in-vehicle, allergy suffering.

Keeping the windows up during the daily commute does not mean you’re protected from smog and pollen intrusion. No place is safe from their grasp -- including your vehicle’s air-vent system.

But I’ve got an easy fix you can do, at home. It includes a can of Lysol and a couple of minutes of your time.

While parked in the driveway, start the vehicle (keep the shifter in “park” mode). Set emergency brake. Follow these steps:

1) Locate the air intake vents on your vehicle. Some cars and trucks you will be able to see the duct work between the windshield and the hood of the vehicle. Others, you will have to open the hood.  (Keep the hood open as you will need to access this grid.)

2) Turn on the vehicle’s AC system, making sure that it’s in the “fresh-air/norm” setting.

[See the source image] 3) Exit vehicle. With the can of Lysol in hand, stand next to the intake air vents. Carefully, spray the product into the grid; count to 20.

[Text Box: DIYMotorCity With vehicle running, blower motor on high, spray Lysol into vents. ] 4) Revisit the climate controller. Move setting from AC to vent.

5) Return to the air intake grid. Repeat step #3.

[See the source image] 6) Revisit the climate controller. But, this time, move the setting to heater.

[Text Box: Ford Motor Company Slide air temp from cold to hot setting. ] 7) Return to the air intake grid. Repeat step #3.

8) Revisit the climate controller. Now, move the setting back to AC (see step #2).

After completing the final sweep, turn-off vehicle. It’s that simple!

A few pointers: This treatment is most successful if performed every five to six weeks, with a reasonably clean cabin air filter.  If you are unsure of the condition of this passenger filter, ask your ASE certified automotive technician to check.

Then, be like me – sneeze-free when it comes to my vehicle’s climate control air quality.

Pam Oakes has been embedded within the automotive industry - for almost 30 years - as an automotive applications engineer, instructor/course developer, automotive business expert/strategist, shop owner, ASE-certified technician, automotive author, syndicated radio host. And, she still “turns-wrenches,” for fun, nowadays.Type your paragraph here.

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