Automotive what to keep in your emergency kit

Published on September 25th, 2012 | by Jordan

How to Properly Stock Your Car Safety Kit for Common Emergencies

Before drivers had roadside assistance, cell phones and GPS systems to depend on in case of emergencies, there was the safety kit.

Once a staple in car safety, these kits have all but been replaced by the accessibility and comfort provided by the technological resources increasingly available to drivers. With help only a touch of a button away, it’s no surprise that many drivers are now forgoing the traditional safety kit.

But while the latest safety approaches are proving to be beneficial, drivers need to remember that cell phones can die or lose signal, and therefore should always have a backup plan prepared. By purchasing a roadside safety kit or creating one from scratch, motorists can provide themselves with care while assistance is on its way.

When creating your own safety kit, keep these 12 items in mind:

  • Warm clothing (hat, gloves, boots)
  • Flashlight with back-up batteries
  • Ice scraper & collapsible shovel
  • First aid kit (bandages, instant ice packs, scissors, aspirin, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic cream, first aid instructions)
  • Jumper cables
  • Multi purpose tool, or any of the following; a flat head screwdriver, pillers, vise grips, adjustable wrench, lug nut wrench or tire iron
  • Working jack
  • Spare tire
  • Tire inflator & tire pressure gauge
  • Electrical tape
  • Rags
  • Bottled water and energy bars

BONUS extreme cold necessities:

  • Wool blankets
  • Hand warmers
  • Flashers and flares
  • Windshield de-icer
  • Did you know that *any* cell phone (even without an active service plan) can call 9-1-1 on any network it can connect to? If you’ve got an old spare, consider keeping it and a spare battery/charger in your emergency kit.

For those with limited resources and trunk space, there are a number of compact safety kits available for purchase like CAA’s own Road Hazard Survival Kits (available at all CAA Store locations).

What do you keep in your vehicle emergency kit? Let us know in the comments section below!

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