Mother’s day is rapidly approaching and if you still haven’t figured out what to get your mom, girlfriend, wife, baby mama, you might consider the oddly branded FLARED Auto Emergency Kit.
Not auto as in it does it for itself; but auto as in short for automotive. In case you were wondering.
I say oddly branded because this invaluable kit is strongly branded toward women and even has the slogan “Cuz Women Drive Now Too.”
Everything in the kit is; by way of mention, largely purple. Enough purple to do Prince proud.
I’m not sure this is a particularly new thing but I could be wrong?
At any rate; I am off track. Let’s explore the kit and you can take a look at the video below to learn even more.
The kits come in two basic styles: A Classic kit and a Deluxe kit. What’s in the box breaks down as follows:
- 1. 6-inch jumper cables.
- 2. Duct tape and twine for DIY auto body repair.
- 3. A first aid kit for minor injuries.
- 4. Poncho for overhead protection.
- 5. Pepper spray for self-defense.
- 6. Hand sanitizer and tissue packet to keep things clean.
- 7. A mini squeegee to remove dirt and ice.
- 8. A waterproof and shock resistant LED flashlight to see, and a reflective belt to be seen.
- 9. A plastic pouch contains additional assorted tools such as a tire pressure gauge, and a double-headed screwdriver, glow sticks(6-8 hours of light), stainless-steel box-cutter blade, and a pen.
The breakdown of the items…
1. Jumper Cables: I think they mean 6 feet or 60 inches as the cables are certinately longer than 6 inches. Otherwise, they’re actually high quality jumper cables, akin to what you’d get at the local auto parts store. Only purple.
2. Duct Tape and Twine: Good and necessary stuff (both are color coordinated purple of course) although the mention of “DIY auto body repair” does give one some painful mental images.
3. First Aid Kit: Very minor, by the looks of it. About the size of a wallet. But hey, better to have something than nothing at all.
4. Poncho: Not something we find much need of here in Southern California but if you live in the midwest, south or east where it rains often it’s a very good call on the poncho!
5. Pepper Spray: These days one can never be too safe or prepared if broken down on the side of the road.
6. Hand Sanitizer and Tissue Packet: The FLARED kit says this is to “keep things clean.” I can appreciate this, but I am so tempted to hand a single tissue to any given mechanic friend of mine, next time they’re elbow deep in some grungy job and say, “Here. Keep things clean. Have some hand sanitizer?” And then run before I get beaned with a torque wrench. However, we sense the ladies who own this kit will see the value in it.
7. Mini Squeegee: This is actually a really nice piece and looks like the type that auto body shops use for working with bondo. And as anyone in the Northeast will tell you, much better than a credit card!
8. Flashlight and Reflective Belt: This is a really good flashlight. It’s bright as day, and shrouded in a quality rubber casing. Only downside is that it’s white, so it might show dirt and grime easier; but it should also be easier to find if dropped in the dark.
9. Assorted Tools: All nice and handy in the right situation. Except for the glow sticks, which are the proportions of a drinking straw and cracked (i.e. activated) when I pulled the pouch out of hard case. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the color of the glow sticks is purple.
Includes all the essentials featured in the Classic Kit, with the additional supplies listed below:
- 1. A waterproof, floating, crush-proof, and magnetic LED emergency flare.
- 2. Bottled water and snacks.
- 3. Signature FLARED umbrella.
- 4. A portable power bank so you can recharge your phone in a pinch.
This Is What I’m Thinking About The FLARED Kit
1. LED Emergency Flare: These things are cool, and this is a really useful bit. It’s about the size of a hockey puck and actually has two functions; one is a very (and I mean very) bright flashlight and the other is a near seizure-inducing strobe light that can probably be seen from two counties over. No fuss, no muss, no chance of igniting some spilled fluids and starting a range fire the size of Rhode Island. Oh, and it’s a got a magnet on it, which is a handy little nicety.
2. Bottled Water and Snacks: Okay, good idea. Always want to have water and . . . food? What on Earth is this? Uh, those would be Jelly Belly Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans in natural berry flavor. Color of the packet? Go ahead, guess, guess! You’re right, it’s purple! Research conducted by the Jelly Belly Candy Company yielded positive results, although other sources suggests they are marginal at best. We would much rather see a healthier, non-perishable alternative, like almonds or cashews.
4. FLARED Umbrella: Have I mentioned the whole British sports car/Pacific Northwest weather continuum that I lived in for a couple of years? Good, I thought I had. Umbrellas are always a good thing to have handy, just in case. This is one of those super small ones that folds up even more for easier stowing.
5. Power Bank: This! This is a really nice thing to have, given the wondrous modern technical age we live in. It’s about the size of a guitar slide or a large lipstick and can be charged up and saved for later to re-juice your cell phone. Why is this such an important thing to have, out of all these other practical pieces in the kit? Because you can use it to power up your phone and call for a tow truck or other emergency services.
The FLARED Auto Emergency kit is a great kit to have in anyone’s car; and I will be keeping one in my car as well because the tools are useful for anyone who drives.
I am rather lost as to why the branding though was geared toward women but it’s something every car should have.
You should order a FLARED Auto Emergency Kit for your loved ones.