Car Preparedness Kit
If driving is something you do on the daily, you must be aware of all the accidents and breakdowns you can encounter on the road. You can’t always avoid them, but you can be prepared. A car emergency kit might be one of those things that you don’t think a lot about until an emergency happens.
Here are some of the items you must always have in your car emergency kit:
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
One of the most important items in an emergency kit is a flashlight. Being stranded on the road at night can be more difficult, even if you have everything else in the kit, if you don’t have a working flashlight. Whether you’re trying to flag down someone to ask for help or changing a flat tire, a little light goes a long way. Always makes sure to bring extra batteries with you too.
- Reflective warning triangles
The risk of collision when stuck on the side of the road is inevitable and it can be really dangerous. Having reflectors with you and placing them 50 feet apart behind your vehicle will help warn oncoming traffic.
- First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit with you can be crucial once you get involved in a minor accident. Make sure it doesn’t only have an assortment of Band-aids. It should be complete with alcohol, disposable gloves, gauze pads, bandages, adhesive tape, aspirin, antiseptic cream and other medicine that is particular to you and your family.
- Fire Extinguisher
It’s always a must to have a fire extinguisher with you when dealing with combustibles. A small crash can cause a small fire and the last thing you want to happen after a crash, is a huge fire. Also, make sure it is rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association.
- Car Jump Starter Kit
A dead battery is one of the most common vehicle problem we encounter on the road, and it can be a hassle. Having a car jump starter kit ready in your trunk can save the day if this ever happens to you.
- Spare tire and Jack
We’ve all experienced a flat tire. Unfortunately, it can happen anywhere, and whether you know how to change a flat tire or not, having a spare tire and jack in hand can save you a whole lot.
- Tool kit
You may encounter some simple car problems that can be fixed with a few quick repairs. Make sure you have an emergency tool kit to do this. This kit should have screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, tire pressure gauge and a pocket knife.
- Tow strap/rope
Sometime, there are road breakdowns that you just can’t fix on your own and calls for a professional checkup. Having a tow strap with you could be really helpful in the event that a helpful fellow motorist offers assistance.
- Snow shovel
Road emergencies isn’t just about vehicle breakdowns. Extreme weather conditions can also be a cause of emergencies. And when you got stuck in the middle of a snow storm, a snow shovel can be the only help you need. Keep a portable one on your trunk at all times especially during winter.
- Rain Poncho
Car breakdowns are bad enough, imagine having to change a tire in the pouring rain. A rain poncho might not be as life-saving as a tool, but it can be really helpful and make life easier during a storm.