Overhaul Your Trunk with a State Farm Roadside Emergency Giveaway

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As the mother of two little boys, my life suddenly jumped from all things fancy to all things dirty and, by dirty, I mean that in a quite literal sense.  Mudpies and matchbox cars have become my forte and the older they get, the bigger the toys get. Add into the mix the fact that Daddy is a car enthusiast and I’m surely on this path for the long haul. With everything from race cars and go-karts to Jeeps and monster trucks, it’s safe to say that I know my way around a vehicle pretty well these days.

We tend to go off-roading a lot so, accordingly, we keep ourselves pretty well prepared for the inevitable. With enough tools on hand to fix just about anything, tow straps to pull ourselves out of the deepest ruts, a battery jump box, plenty of snacks, a jack and stands, spare clothes, blankets, and more – you name it, we probably have it. Luckily, we haven’t had to put much of it to use. From time to time little things come up but (knock on wood) no true vehicle emergencies have happened. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for everyone. All too often I see folks on the side of the road struggling to change a tire, stuck in parking lots because their car battery is dead, and we even get the occasional phone calls to rescue a friend stuck in an unforgiving mud hole. Now, surely, we’ve upped the ante with our own ventures and very well may be prepared for the worst of the worst but it certainly beats being unprepared, right? In a recent survey it was concluded that two-thirds of drivers had some sort of “junk” in their vehicle but a mere 5% had the tools necessary in the event of a roadside emergency. Now, after this frigid polar vortex has taken over a majority of the nation and caused chaotic events like the massive gridlocked traffic jam in Georgia and multi-vehicle accidents across the country, it’s time for a change.

Car in ditch on snow covered highway

It is time to prepare ourselves and finally swap out all of that trunk junk for something useful. And, thankfully, State Farm is here to help.

Do you know what the recommended compilation of roadside emergency equipment is? When it comes to being prepared for roadside emergencies, men are more likely than women to have at least one of the emergency supplies on hand, but even so, only one in every twenty people actually has all necessary supplies on hand. State Farm is hoping to change that.

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Recently, State Farm put together a collection of necessities to better prepare people for the dreaded roadside troubles. In most cases, a simple flat tire or a dead battery could easily ruin someone’s day and surely be quite scary if you’re not familiar with your vehicle. However, thanks to State Farm, you can take a sigh of relief knowing that you CAN do it. When you prepare yourself with the equipment necessary and educate yourself on the basics, being isolated alongside the road is no longer a reality. With the right tools, mentally and tangibly, you will be able to handle the unexpected and get yourself back on the road.

The recommended roadside emergency kit that you should keep handy consists of ten items including (but not limited to) jumper cables, hazard triangles, road flares, a flashlight, first aid kit, windshield scraper, blanket, non-perishable food, water, and, of course, a spare tire. Do you have it all? If not, you should definitely look into doing so as well as educating yourself about car care and basic survival tips.

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State Farm Roadside Emergency Kit

Speaking of giveaways, State Farm was kind enough to provide me with all of the necessities to keep myself and my family better prepared for roadside emergencies. Likewise, they’re hoping to do the same for you. In an effort to help get rid of that horrid “trunk junk” and, instead, have everyone’s trunks roadside emergency ready, State Farm wants to supply one lucky reader with a Trunk Junk Overhaul Prize Pack!

State Farm Roadside Emergency Kit Giveaway

THE GIVEAWAY
One (1) winner will receive a State Farm Roadside Emergency Trunk Junk Overhaul Prize Pack that includes the following:

  • Complete Roadside Emergency Kit
    • Triangular-shaped Hazard Warning Sign Tote Bag
    • 1 Set of Jumper Cables
    • 1 Heavy-duty Plastic Ice Scraper
    • 1 Tire Pressure Gauge
    • 1 Nine Piece Ratchet Set with Rigid Hand Driver
    • 1 Pair of Standard Slip-Joint Pliers
    • 1 Flathead Screwdriver
    • 1 Phillips Screwdriver
    • 1 Roll of Red Electrical Tape
    • Blade-Style Automotive Fuses
    • 1 Pair of White Work Gloves
    • Insulated Ring & Spade Terminals
    • Mini LED Flashlight
    • Nature Valley Granola Bars
    • Supa Cham Towel
    • Shoulder Tote Bag

Giveaway open to US residents only. Ends 2/17/14. ARV of $50

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No purchase necessary. Open to residents of US only. Giveaway ends February 17, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (PST). ONE ENTRANT PER HOUSEHOLD/IP Address! I check all entries – cheating will not be tolerated. Winner will be notified via email and needs to reply within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Please make sure you check your spam folder – I will not be responsible if you did not receive winning email notification. Winners name(s) will be displayed on the post, and will also be posted on Winners List shortly after drawing has occurred. Winners will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Screenshots of winners available by request. Prize will be shipped directly from sponsor or their PR Agency unless otherwise noted. Eighty MPH Mom is not responsible for prizes lost in transit, although every attempt will be made for prize delivery.

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Randi is a stay-at-home mother to two wildly crazy little boys, in love with one hell of a great man, a hobbyist writer and, more or less, glued to her camera. In a world where making mud pies, searching for bugs and racing Matchbox cars have become her forte, her true passion can be found all around her (or attached to her hip) at any given moment - her family.

106 Comments

  1. I find the “Pull off the highway, if possible, turn on your hazard lights or light flares, and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window” useful

  2. Jeanine Turner on

    Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  3. Since we’ve had a lot of freezing temperatures lately, Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up is a very useful tip!

  4. Pack a Survival Kit

    In case you’re ever marooned in your vehicle, you might want to keep a small survival kit on hand, in case of emergencies. Some useful items include:

    Compass
    Ice scraper and brush
    Wooden matches
    High-energy, non-perishable food
    Cell phone charger
    Blankets and warm clothing

    – See more at: http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/auto-2/worst-case-winter-driving-survival/#sthash.t7SKRX5V.dpuf So important especially in Winter time!

  5. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up. I’m guilty of not always doing that one. I should know better.

  6. I found the tips on preparing your vehicle for winter most useful. There is nothing worse than breaking down in the winter, especially when it’s caused by something that could have been prevented. thank you.

  7. I like their tip about staying calm if you start to skid. We have a new teenage driver in our house (OMG) and the weather here has been bad. One thing we’ve reminded him is to stay calm and try not to over-correct in a situation like that.

  8. Visited the site and the most useful tip is : In case you’re ever marooned in your vehicle, you might want to keep a small survival kit on hand, in case of emergencies. We have been experiencing a lot of snow recently so its very apt.

  9. It’s always good to keep a few ready to eat food items in your car, such as nuts, dried fruit or energy bars. I’ve also read that having a few garbage bags can be helpful also.

  10. They have lots of good tips. I think the Stay Calm is probably applies to most situations. The other would be to pack a survival kit and always keep it in your car

  11. Leann Lindeman on

    If you are stranded tips….Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  12. Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  13. Emilie Proctor on

    “Stay calm if you start to skid.” This is very important! When you look the breaks up, that’s when you end up in a ditch!

  14. Pack a Survival Kit
    In case you’re ever marooned in your vehicle, you might want to keep a small survival kit on hand, in case of emergencies. Some useful items include:
    Compass….I would have never thought of that!

  15. The tip I find most useful and that a lot of people don’t know is..If stranded…”Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.”

  16. Stay calm if stranded and to care a snack and to Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

  17. The best tip, and what we’re always reminded of here in MN, is that if you do get stranded somewhere, NEVER leave your car. Stay with it and stay as warm as possible!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  18. If stranded, running engine and heater for 10 minutes an hour and clearing snow from the exhaust pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

  19. I think this tip is most useful: Call 911 if you have a phone and describe your location as precisely as possible. I work for 911 and cannot stress enough the importance of being aware of your surroundings and where you’re at so you can help the dispatcher locate you.
    Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. I like State Farm’s winter driving survival tip: Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  21. living in the Northeast, I already do most of what was listed…however the pack a survival kit is one that most people don’t really think about until it’s needed.

  22. We have a winter survival kit in each of our cars, but we don’t have a compass in it like State Farm suggests. That’s a really good item to add!

  23. Because I live in MN a good tip is to stay calm when your car slides. Also always have winter weather emergency gear in your car.

  24. I thought that packing a survival kit was a very good tip. I think this is the one that most people forget about. I am usually well prepared, as i live in New England but this is one that I do not have in my vehicle.

  25. I did not know about the rule to keep your gas tank half full to prevent fuel line freeze-up. This is something I am glad to learn about.

  26. If I get stranded I don’t think I would of thought of this, very helpful
    Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  27. virgomomwriter on

    The most helpful was “Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up.” Now, if I can only convince my husband…

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