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#187132 - 11/01/09 01:56 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: LeeG]
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
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When I was a teen, I occasionally wished I had remembers some condoms in the car kit smile


Edited by martinfocazio (11/01/09 01:56 PM)

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#187134 - 11/01/09 02:03 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: LeeG]
Desperado Offline
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Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
How about a Battery Booster like this, or something close. Not many folks carry or know how to safely use jumper cables any more.
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#187137 - 11/01/09 02:33 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: MartinFocazio]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1902
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: martinfocazio
When I was a teen, I occasionally wished I had remembers some condoms in the car kit smile



That might be more than the parents bargained for.

But would get the Coolest Uncle of the Year Award.




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#187138 - 11/01/09 02:34 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: Desperado]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1902
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: Desperado
How about a Battery Booster like this, or something close. Not many folks carry or know how to safely use jumper cables any more.



I had that particular booster and it failed miserably.

The reviews show that a lot of users have had it malfunction.



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#187139 - 11/01/09 03:06 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: Dagny]
unimogbert Offline
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Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 842
Loc: Colorado
May I suggest that the neices and nephews help develop them?

Otherwise it's just a bag of mystery that they won't think of or know how to use in time of need.

Kinda like the jack they don't know how to use. Or that lugwrench thingy that got thrown out to make space for the stereo amp......

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#187144 - 11/01/09 05:13 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: Dagny]
Eric Offline
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Registered: 09/09/06
Posts: 323
Loc: Iowa
If you are going to have a battery booster you need something that connects directly to the battery like this. Anything that plugs in through the cigarette lighter/power port is usually not going to help a lot. A good set of jumper cables are a better choice for the money usually.

Of course this stuff only helps if you know how to use it. A few minutes demonstrating / explaining is probably more useful than the gear.

- Eric
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#187145 - 11/01/09 05:18 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: unimogbert]
Eric Offline
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Registered: 09/09/06
Posts: 323
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: unimogbert
May I suggest that the neices and nephews help develop them?

Otherwise it's just a bag of mystery that they won't think of or know how to use in time of need.

Kinda like the jack they don't know how to use. Or that lugwrench thingy that got thrown out to make space for the stereo amp......


Or they may have gotten rid of it because they know there is no way on earth to loosen the lugs with the little bitty thing that came with the car. confused I have trouble with some of the standard lug wrenches and I replace them with much larger t bars. Maybe I'm just lazy but jumping up and down on a 10" bar to loosen the lugs is way to strenuous these days.

I like the idea above - have the driver help you select things and walk them through using everything.

- Eric
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#187151 - 11/01/09 07:05 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: Eric]
EchoingLaugh Offline
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Registered: 09/20/09
Posts: 155
Loc: MO, On the Mississippi
i am thinking a list of phone numbers. Most of the teens i know are lets face it teens. I have gotten a few frantic calls at 2 am from a cousin that was broken down, he was scared to call his dad (breaking curfew) but did not know who he could call, went through his contacts and found me. long story short, a list of numbers of people that can or will help, work numbers and extensions, cell phone numbers that they might not have or remember they have.

money is good in theory, but when i was a kid i would have raided the kit and blown it, maybe in a little lock box? they would have to call you for the combo.

hide a key or an equivalent, how many young people lock their keys in the car? gear is great but not when you can't get to it



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#187157 - 11/01/09 07:44 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: Dagny]
Nicodemus Offline
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Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
Originally Posted By: Dagny
The schools are searching their car trunks?


From the story in late September or early October, regarding the young man who was worried about his suspension ruining his chances of going to West Point, the knife was not readily visible. A classmate informed someone at the school that the young man had a knife in his car. That led to the admission that there was indeed a knife, a search, and the suspension.

I'm not saying what happened was right, I'm just noting that these things need to be considered because they've caused a problem before.
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#187176 - 11/02/09 01:09 PM Re: Car Kit for teenager [Re: LeeG]
jaywalke Offline
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Registered: 12/22/07
Posts: 172
Loc: Appalachian mountains
I always have a rain suit (rather than a poncho) in the car kit. Murphy's law says that a cold, sleeting rain will be coming down when they get a flat tire, and doing real work in a poncho is infuriating. A rain suit also acts as a windbreaker and traps the heat of other spare layers.

I use DriDucks or FroggToggs, which are cheap ($15-20), light, and pack down small.

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