Emergencies are a driver’s worst nightmare because they can happen when you least expect it. While you can’t prepare for all road trip disasters, an emergency kit can help you stay ready for most. A vehicle emergency kit has essential items that you may not need to use regularly but can come in handy during a harsh environment. If you don’t currently have an emergency kit stowed away in your vehicle, we have a few suggestions to get you started. Below are five essential items to pack in your car in case of a roadside emergency.
First Aid Kit
During a roadside emergency, injuries can come in all sizes, from mild to severe. A first aid kit can help manage symptoms, alleviate pain, and prevent infections until you’re able to seek medical attention. Many online retailers sell pre-made first aid kits, but it may be more cost-effective to build your kit from the Dollar store. You should make sure that a few items are included, such as hand sanitizer, aspirin, Band-Aids, gauze, sunscreen, bug spray, and splints.
Flat Tire Tools
Most drivers have roadside assistance in case of an emergency, but they can take hours if you’re stranded miles off the road or even late into the night. A flat tire kit will have all of the necessities for you or a helper to fix it. The flat tire kit should include the spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and the vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Flashlight & Reflectors
If it’s dark, a flashlight will come in handy, especially if you need to inspect your vehicle or change a tire. Your vehicle also has tight nooks that are difficult to see even in the daylight. Some flashlights may even have a small window breaker and seatbelt cutter attached. Accidents can make getting out of a vehicle difficult; drivers may even find themselves trapped in the seat belt. If your flashlight has additional accessories attached, it would be an excellent investment. It’s also important to consider adding reflectors to your emergency kit to alert other drivers if you’re stuck on the side of the road. This will give them ample time to slow down and avoid driving too close to you.
Portable Jump Starter
It’s not fun returning to your vehicle only to see that the battery has died. If you accidentally left an electrically component on or the air conditioning running, it may have drained the battery. While some drivers may carry a set of jumper cables, a portable jump starter is a better choice for your emergency kit. With a portable jump starter, you don’t need a second vehicle to power your battery. A portable jump starter is a quick and easy way to get your car back on the road in no time.
Emergency kits available online may not always come with a fire extinguisher, but it’s important to include one in your vehicle. Vehicles have not only hot moving parts but also electrical components and combustible fuel. If your car catches fire, a fire extinguisher can not only save your vehicle but save a life.
The above five items are great items to gather when creating an emergency kit for your vehicle. All of these items can be kept compactly in your trunk. With a good emergency kit, you and your passengers will be prepared for the most challenging circumstances if they arise. The above list isn’t comprehensive; make sure to pack an extra phone charger, water, and other major necessities.