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Aug 26, 2014

Your Essential Car Emergency Kit

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The number and type of incidents that can happen to you in your car are virtually endless. And since not all of them happen close to home or when the weather is bright and sunny, it’s important to have some specific emergency items on board every time you leave the house. You only have so much space in the trunk, so you can’t bring everything, but here are several must-haves:

Car Emergency Kit

Charged Cell Phone

You’ll probably have a cell phone with you rather than in a kit, but it’s still an important item to carry. Make sure that it’s charged every time you hit the road so you’re able to get help when you need it.

First Aid Kit

A standard first aid kit is a good addition. Pack it with band-aids, gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic ointment and anything specific to the needs of your family members.

Roadside Repair Manual

Having a basic roadside repair manual for your make and model will help you figure out how to proceed if you break down or get a flat tire.

Flashlight and Batteries

A flashlight with batteries that work will make it easier if you’re stranded in the dark.

Blankets and Pillows

No one plans to sleep in their car, but if for some reason you have to and it’s cold outside, a blanket and pillows come in very handy.

Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher that’s suitable for electrical or gas-related fires will help you put it out before too much damage is done.

Jumper Cables

Carry jumper cables that are at least 10 feet long and have no less than 8-gauge rubber covering them. If your battery dies in a secluded area, they can be invaluable.

Road Flares

Basic road flares will help keep you safe if you break down along the side of the road in the dark.

All Necessary Fluids

Carry extras of all the necessary fluids in your car, such as engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, brake fluid, plus a funnel.

Tools

Tools like an adjustable wrench, pliers, flat and Phillips-head screwdrivers are good additions, as is a standard car jack for tire changing. If you have a Swiss army knife, that would make a good addition, as would some electrical tape or duct tape.

Everyone’s ideal emergency car kit will be a little different, but these are some of the important items you want to carry at all times to ensure you and anyone else in your car remains safe.


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