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Top 10 must-haves for a car?

November 18, 2010

Americans spend increasing time in their cars, between carpooling with the kids, running everyday errands, and loitering in those inevitable traffic jams. The effect, say representatives of American Map, maker of a road atlas: people don’t just drive their cars, they seemingly live in them. 

With all that time spent behind the wheel, American Map suggests certain must-have items for every auto. No. 1 on its list, natch: a road atlas. Others:


2. Umbrella. Murphy’s Law assures that it will rain on the day of an important client meeting. 

3. Pen. Most everyone does business and takes messages in the car.


4. Flashlight. Don’t be left in the dark when driving at night. 

5. First Aid Kit. The need for a band aid is not a planned event.


6. Tire Gauge. In this time of skyrocketing gas prices, correct tire pressure will increase gas mileage. 

7. Sunglasses. Two words: sun glare.


8. Lip Balm. OK, maybe not essential, but it’s nice to have in the glove compartment. 

9. Air Freshener. Whether takeout food or hockey equipment, few want their cars smelling like the stuff they transport.


10. Candy Bar. Sometimes a quick snack is needed as drivers traverse from point "A" to point "B" and they don’t want to stop.