Like the boy scouts, a good vehicle owner is always prepared for the worst. To make sure you are equipped to handle any situation the road could throw at you, we suggest having a well-stocked Emergency Roadside Safety Kit at your disposal. Take a look at our suggestions on what to put in your Emergency Roadside Safety Kit and you’ll be ready next time you find yourself in a jam.
What to Pack in a Car Emergency Kit
- Portable Cell Phone Charger and Cable – If you should ever find yourself in an accident, the first thing you should do is call for help, which can be pretty difficult to do if your phone is dead. By leaving a fully-charged portable cellphone charger and cable in your kit, you can juice up your phone and call a tow truck or AAA.
- First Aid Kit – It may sound redundant to pack a kit within a kit, but having proper first aid at your disposal is important. Your first aid kit should include band-aids, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, aspirin, gauze, bandages, and any other medical items you deem necessary.
- Jumper Cables – There’s nothing worse than getting back to your car, only to find that the battery is dead. Always keep a working pair of cables in the back for a quick jump when needed.
- Reflective Triangles – Set these up around your parked vehicle so there is better visibility, especially at night. Also, always remember to put your hazard lights on if you are pulled to the side of the road.
- Space Blanket – We all know that night temperatures can be unforgiving, so pack a space blanket and other warm items like wool socks and gloves.
- Drinking Water – This is the most important item if your emergency has gone from bad to worse. Always keep at least a few bottles in your kit to keep you hydrated.
- Fire Extinguisher – If you can, keep a fire extinguisher in the back in case of gasoline or electrical fires.