How to Make a Roadside Emergency Kit
Emergencies happens, but that’s why you should always be prepared. And one of the best ways to stay ahead is to keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle, with tools and supplies that can help get back on the road faster instead of being stranded for hours. So, here’s how to make a roadside emergency kit.
Why Should I Keep a Roadside Emergency Kit?
There are many reasons why you should keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle, especially during months where the weather can be hazardous. For instance, your vehicle could get stuck in snow, or your tire could burst, or your battery may die. In any of those scenarios, you will need supplies to assist you—or even to assist someone else who needs help.
Essential Items for a Roadside Emergency Kit
- Jumper cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- Tire jack
- Roadside flares and reflectors
- Flashlight & batteries
- Multipurpose tool
- Work gloves
- Tool kit (with screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, etc.)
- First Aid Kit
- Small, collapsible shovel
- Extra fluids in secure containers (motor oil, washer fluid, coolants, antifreeze, etc.)
- Non-perishable foods (granola bars, etc.)
- Bottled water
- Cell phone charger
- Moist towelettes & hand sanitizer
- Towing strap
- Can of tire inflator and sealant
- Rags/paper towels
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Seasonal Items for Your Car
- Extra hat, gloves, scarves
- Rain shoes/snow boots
- Ice scraper
- Rain poncho
- Hand warmers
- Kitty litter
It’s best to keep your roadside emergency items in a duffel bag or case, that way you can easily find and transport them– it’s also a good way to organize the supplies so that you won’t have to compromise on your available cargo space. There are plenty of drivers who also keep extra money, like $20 or so, in their vehicle, just in case. As well as a car fire extinguisher, which can be extremely handy in case of more serious emergencies. Some other supplies include reflective vests, candles with matches, whistle, pen and paper, chains and bungee cords.
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