It can’t happen to us. That’s what we always tell ourselves when we consider emergency situations. But like it or not, sometimes bad things do happen. Be prepared on the road by packing a car emergency kit beyond the first aid kit you might have tucked beneath the back seat.
So what should your car emergency kit have? Here are just a few ideas:
- Hats, gloves, coats, and blankets in the winter or when you will be traveling to somewhere cold
- A first aid kit with bandages, medicine, and more
- Filling, nonperishable snacks such as protein bars and bottled water
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- A car cell phone charger
- Flares and reflective warning triangles
- A tire gauge
- Tools such as a shovel for snow, a Swiss army knife, an ice scraper, tow straps, and even duct tape
- Jumper cables to jumpstart your own car or the car of someone else in need
- A fire extinguisher
Packing these items safely in your car is only half the battle. Make sure you know how to use items that might be new to you, such as tow straps or jumper cables. Also make sure you know vehicle basics, like changing a tire, before heading out.
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