12 Things you should have in your car right now

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX - Nearly nine out of 10 Memorial Day travelers will hit the road, according to AAA. In Arizona, that includes more than 625,000 people traveling at least 50 miles.

Breakdowns are inevitable. Are you prepared? There are some things you need to have in your car all the time, but particularly when you're embarking on a road trip.

Nathan Merrill of  Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NAPRO) ran down a list for 3TV's Gina Maravilla.

Must carry items in case of breakdown:

  1. Charged cell phone and portable charger
  2. First-aid kit
  3. Fire extinguisher
  4. Reflective warning triangles
  5. Foam tire sealant
  6. Jumper cables
  7. Blanket/towel and rags
  8. Flashlight and batteries
  9. Duct tape
  10. Gloves
  11. Water (at least a gallon) and snacks
  12. Umbrella (for shade more often than rain)

Also, you have have your mechanic give your car a once-before a few days before you plan to leave.

Check fluids, wipers, hoses and belts

Check battery: Heat evaporates battery fluids, which can speed up corrosion.

Check air conditioning  - If it's running a little warm, you might be low in refrigerant or have a loose drive belt. It could also be clogged valves or filters, slow leads in components or hoses or clogs in the condenser.

Check tires - According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, 85 percent of drivers don't know how to properly inflate their tires. Matt is happy to demonstrate by stopping by your place or meeting you at his central Phoenix location.

Check lighting - turn signals, headlights and brake lights