It’s a worst-case scenario for any driver – your car has broken down or you’ve been in a car accident in a remote area with no immediate help in sight. The situation can quickly worsen if it’s in the middle of winter. If you’re not prepared, things can quickly become dangerous which is why every driver should carry an emergency roadside kit in their vehicle, so they’re prepared for car breakdowns or bad weather.
We’ve put together a list of items you should include in your car emergency kit. Remember to replenish any depleted items as needed and to review the kit twice a year to check that all these items are still there and to replace anything that has expired.
- Flashlight (preferably crank type, because batteries don’t last long in extreme cold)
- Warm blankets (a reflective “survival” blanket is even better)
- Extra socks, boots, gloves, and a hat
- Hand and foot warmers
- Bottles of water (change them out every six months)
- Non-perishable food like energy bars or trail mix
- Reflective safety triangles, road flares or warning lights
- Small first-aid kit with a seatbelt cutter
- Snow brush and scraper
- Folding shovel
- Booster cables
- Small tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, socket set, wrench set, jack stands etc.)
- A copy of your emergency plan and personal documents
- Traction aid such as sand or non-clumping kitty litter
- Anti-freeze windshield washer fluid
- Gas-line antifreeze
- Extra fuses (for the vehicle’s electrical system)
- Tow rope
- A reliable container that will store these items and keep them dry
- Cell phone and a car phone charger
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