Do you have an emergency kit in your car? It’s one of those things that you don’t really think about until you need it, but trust us, you’ll be thankful you have one if you run into trouble on the road and need help and supplies. We’re here to share our knowledge of what emergency car kit tools should be in your vehicle.
The “ultimate emergency car kit” includes items ranging from those that are necessary for safety and security (a disposable camera and pepper spray) to those that are necessary for your sanity (a deck of cards or books), according Lisa Bedford, author of “Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios,” in a post for the Allstate Blog.
Of course, not everyone has the space or need for everything on Bedford’s list. Here’s our list of 11 essential items to stock to compile your emergency car kit tools:
Emergency Car Kit Tools
- A cell phone. Make sure it’s charged! Consider keeping a car charger in your vehicle as well so you’re always able to call for help when you need it.
- A first-aid kit. Keep it fully stocked with items including absorbent compresses, bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, a blanket, aspirin, and any other medication you or your family may need. Visit org for a complete list of supplies to include in your first-aid kit.
- A fire extinguisher. “It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA,” according to an article for Bankrate. “The NFPA says Class B fires are those that involve flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes and batteries.”
- A set of three reflective warning triangles. These should be placed 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic of an accident or other road hazard ahead.
- A tire pressure gauge. In addition to regularly checking your tire pressure, be sure that your spare tire is properly inflated before you use it.
- Jumper cables. These will come in handy if your car’s battery runs out of juice.
- A flashlight. Bring extra batteries, too, so you’re not left in the dark.
- Drinking water and nonperishable food. If you’re stranded along the roadside for a long period of time, you’ll need sustenance.
Bankrate recommends adding these three extra items during wintry weather conditions, and we fully agree:
- A windshield ice scraper. Ever been at work all day and come outside to find your car coated with a layer of ice? You’ll need one of these!
- A snow shovel. This item will be a lifesaver if you get stuck in the snow and need to dig yourself out.
- Cat litter. “It works as well as sand beneath the tires for traction and weighs less,” according to Bankrate.
No matter the weather conditions, it’s important to be prepared in case of an accident or any other roadside emergency you may be involved in or encounter on your travels. Check and restock your emergency car kit tools once a year or as needed.
Do you have questions about what to do if you’re involved in vehicle accident? Smallwood and Small’s expert agents are standing by to answer your questions. Call 304-263-3361 to talk to an agent at our office in Martinsburg, West Virginia, or call 304-229-7227 to reach our Inwood office.