What Should Be in Your Car’s Emergency Kit

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What Should Be in Your Car's Emergency KitParticularly when traveling long distances, an an emergency kit for your car will protect you if mechanical trouble, weather conditions or a collision leave you stranded. Hopefully, you never end up needing these items. Having a car emergency kit will give you added peace of mind whenever you, or a loved one, hits the road.

You can store items for your car emergency kit in a plastic storage tub or a large duffel bag. It’s best to keep your emergency kit in the passenger compartment since your trunk might be jammed or frozen shut when you find yourself in need of these supplies.

A well stocked car emergency kit includes:

  • Basic first aid items such as antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, gauze pads, and aspirin
  • Any prescription medications that members of your family might require if you were to be stranded
  • Three reflective warning triangles to use to warn others of your stranded vehicle
  • All of the necessary fluids for your car, including motor oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and antifreeze
  • Spare fuses
  • A fire extinguisher that is rated for class B and class C fires
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables that are at least 10 feet in length and coated with 8-gauge rubber or higher, or a portable battery booster
  • Foam tire sealant to repair flats without needing to change a tire
  • Swiss Army Knife or a similar multipurpose utility tool
  • Tow strap or tow rope
  • Duct tape
  • Rain poncho
  • Work gloves
  • Warm blanket
  • Matches and candles
  • Bottled water and nonperishable snacks such as protein bars

During the winter months, you also want to carry:

  • A folding camping shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Road salt or kitty litter for traction
  • Tire chains
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Hats, scarves, mittens, and winter boots for every member of your family

If you have the space, additional items that might be helpful include:

  • A change of clothes for each member of your family
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toilet paper
  • Puzzle books or card games
  • Notebook and pen

If you’re a parent, don’t forget to pack items that you’d need to take care of your children such as clean diapers and baby formula.

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If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 to speak with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards.

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