If you’ve ever been stranded due to a flat tire or dead battery, you know the importance of having a car emergency kit. You never know when an emergency will come up, so it’s best to be prepared. Here are some tips on how to build a car emergency kit for your vehicle.
Essential Tools and Items
No matter what kind of car you have or where you are driving, there are some items essential to every car emergency kit. You might think of some additional essentials, but these are the basics:
- Bottles or jug of water
- Jumper cables
- Tire changing tools (spare tire, tire iron, tire jack)
- First aid kit
- Seat belt cutter and window breaker tool
- Car manual
- Insurance and emergency contact information
These tools will help you change a flat tire, jump your car, cool and overheating engine, and more. For more serious problems, you will likely need to call a friend or tow truck and get to the nearest mechanic.
Personalize Your Kit
Once you’ve packed the essentials, consider your specific needs. Who rides in your car? Where are you driving? What season is it? If you have a child or pet, for example, you should keep food, water, and other supplies in the car for them. If you’re driving in the winter, keep an ice scraper and weather radio on hand. Paper maps are essential if you’re driving through rural areas you are unfamiliar with.
You can keep most of your supplies in a bucket or bag in the back of your car. Remember to keep items like the flashlight, seat belt cutter, and window breaker within reach of the driver’s seat though!