Be Prepared: 15 Things to Include in a Car Emergency Kit
Having emergency items on hand can make a big difference when car trouble interrupts your travels.
Plan ahead. Having emergency items on hand can make a big difference when car trouble interrupts your travels. It may give you the tools you need to handle a minor emergency yourself … or to stay safe while you wait for roadside assistance.
Here are 15 things experts recommend you keep in your car at all times:
1. Two cans of Motor Oil
2. One Gallon of Anti-freeze/Coolant
3. Extra Fuses
4. Good Spare Tire, Jack, Sealant for Small Leaks
5. Emergency Flares, Warning Triangles, Cones
6. Fire Extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
7. Empty Gas Can
8. Jumper Cables
9. Flashlight with Extra Batteries
11. Energy Bars or Other Non-Perishable Food
12. Bottled Water
14. Tool Kit - Include screwdrivers, wrenches, small hammer
15. First Aid Kit Include bandages, antiseptic cream, instant heat and cold compresses, aspirin
It may seem like a lot of items, but if well packed, it won’t take up much room.
Place all these items in a waterproof bag or box and keep them somewhere they’ll be easily accessible. If possible, keep them in your trunk. And whenever you travel, take a fully charged cell phone with you, so you can call for help if you need it.