Everything you need in your car emergency kit
October 21, 2021
A car emergency kit can be a helpful tool to have in a pinch. A flat tire? Dead battery? An unexpected paper cut? These are all less than ideal scenarios - thankfully, with this handy list, you'll know what to keep in your car!
Why do I need an emergency car tool kit?
A car emergency kit can be a reminder that you’re ready for anything on the road—from the flat tire caused by construction debris to the missing mail key under the seat that requires a flashlight.
It’s a resource that can not only be helpful to you in unexpected moments on the road, but can also help others who may need a helping hand.
What emergency supplies should you have in your car?
Here is a list of essentials to have in your car that can be a part of your emergency roadside kit. And, even if you never need it, someone else might.
Flashlight with extra batteries: the sturdier the flashlight the better.
Jumper cables: standard is fine and if you have them you can always help another motorist in need of a quick jump.
Tool kit: a tool kit can be a great resource to have when you need to fix or replace something under the hood.
Tire inflator with sealant: you’ll need these to help patch up a damaged tire, when the time comes.
Tire jack and lug wrench: when a spare tire is needed, you’re going to need something to lift that flat tire off of the ground and remove the bolts, in order to change it.
First aid kit: some bandages, ointment and tweezers go a long way in a pinch.
LED flares: use flares to alert others to your presence or to hail down some help.
Cat litter: using cat litter on ice, mud, or a snowy road can help your tires gain traction.
A coat and an extra set of clothing: have a second set of clothing in the car for the unexpected.
Blanket or a small sleeping bag: can do wonders to stave off hypothermia.
Ice scraper: if you’ve ever spent the morning trying to clear ice off your windshield with your gloves on, you know why.
Food & bottled water: enough to last 2-4 days, especially if you’re taking a road trip.
Duct tape: when is duct tape not considered essential?
Stay prepared by creating your emergency car tool kit
Whether you’re building a car emergency kit for yourself, creating one for a family member or just preparing yourself to be able to help another motorist in need, with a little organization and planning you can be the one who saves the day and makes the road a safer place to drive.
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