How should I prepare myself for a possible car accident?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Make sure to have the following handy in your car to be prepared for a possible car accident: 

• Stock your glove compartment with small water bottles or pouches of

• Snacks with a long shelf life such as energy bars (replace them with
   fresh ones when you change your smoke alarm batteries).

• Light sticks and string to attract help. If you are trapped in the vehicle,
   you can use the string to swing the light outside the window. Other
   signaling devices include the rearview mirror and the backs of CDs.

• The Lifehammer, an all-in-one tool that includes a blade to cut seatbelts
   and a double-sided hammer to easily and safely break side windows if
   the doors are stuck or the car is submerged.

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