5 Essential Items for Your Car Emergency Kit
Many people spend hours a day in their car running errands, going/returning from work, volunteering, attending church, and taxi-ing their children to school or extracurricular activities. As such, it is important to make sure we are prepared for life’s little emergencies when we are in our vehicles.
A little planning now can save you much trouble later. Here are our top five essential items for your car emergency kit:
- First aid kit. Through no one’s fault, accidents occur. Keeping a first aid kit will help you prepare for medical emergencies. Your kit should include basics, such as bandages and ointment, in addition to medications, cold packs, and (at least) one ace bandage. If you have a special need like an inhaler, keep that on hand as well.
- Water and food. Regardless of the season, having water and non-perishable food available will help you survive if you need to wait for help. Hopefully, you will only wait a minimal amount of time. If that is not the case, though, you should have the supplies to wait for a few days.
- Tool kit. You can purchase basic tool kits at a local hardware or department store. At minimum, they come with a set a pliers, wrench, and screwdriver. Others may come with additional items like a small air compressor and flares.
- Spare tire. When you rely on four wheels to get you somewhere, keeping a spare tire on hand is essential. Inevitably, you’ll need that spare at the most inconvenient time, but being prepared will make the situation more tolerable. You should also have the tire tools needed in the tire kit you purchase for your car!
- Flashlight, batteries, lighter, and blankets. No matter what the situation or where you live, you may need to stay warm and create a source of light. These are all small items you can keep in your trunk with that tool kit, first aid kit, and spare tire.
Cell phone! Many people don’t leave their home without a cell phone. Keeping your phone charged before traveling short and long distances allows you to utilize your cell phone when you need help. If you live in an area with low reception, you may be able to still access text messaging in order to reach out.
Contact us today for more information on planning for your automotive needs!