What’s In Your Car’s Emergency Kit?
Being prepared can make a huge difference in how you are able to respond to an emergency on the road. Breakdowns and accidents are by nature not planned. You have a spare tire and a basic jack to change a tire, but is that the extent of your car’s emergency kit? Here is a list from dmv.org on for an emergency kit:
- First Aid kit. Some of the items to include are:
- Hand sanitizer.
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Bug spray.
- Aspirin (or similar).
- Cotton balls.
- Gauze pads.
- Ace bandage.
- Fire extinguisher. Choose a small one that is easy to store.
- Road flares (if not already in your tire-changing tools).
- Jumper cables.
- Rain ponchos.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Duct tape
- Scent-free baby wipes.
- Drinking water and non-perishable snacks.
- Multipurpose tool.
Some optional items for your roadside kit include:
- Collapsible shuttle.
- Ice scraper.
- Cat litter for slick roads.
- Small battery-powered fan.
- Blankets and/or warm clothing.
Other great ideas are keeping fluids that are commonly needed. Oil, antifreeze, and brake fluid for your vehicle are excellent choices if you need them in a pinch. If you have an older car, add these to your kit—but if you regularly check your fluids, you shouldn’t need them.
A final suggestion is to include items that suit your family. If you have kids or pets, you can add things like diapers, dehydrated food, dog treats, or a water bowl.