The Best Roadside Emergency Kits
There is nothing worse than finding yourself on the side of the road with a broken down car and realising that you are stuck. This is even more scary if you are on a deserted road in the dark. That, by far, is the worst-case scenario. But even on a busy road you can be more than uncomfortable. It's good to have some kind of aid in your car to help you. A flashlight is a great way to start, but what else do you need?
You don't always know what you will need until you are in the situation, and then it is too late. This is why having an emergency roadside kit is such a good idea. Something you can keep in your trunk until you need it. We're not talking about the toolkit you probably have in your garage, but essentials to get you through. Maybe a tow rope, a screwdriver, pliers or even tape could be the difference between getting home or to a garage, or not.
Thankfully these kits are available, and from reputable companies who make it their business to help out motorists. This article features some of the best on the market. They all have a few things in common: they have the essentials, and sometimes more. They are from reputable companies, and they are small enough to fit in your trunk without taking over. All you need to do is decide which one best fits your needs.
AAA 70 Piece Explorer Road Assistance Kit
The AAA 70 Piece Explorer Road Assistance Kit has seventy pieces all told, which can be broken up into three types of emergency equipment. The first is a set of heavy duty jumper leads to get your car going in the case of a flat battery, the second a first aid kit which can handle most minor injures, and the third is for when you break down, especially in the dark and this includes items such as wind up flashlight and an emergency whistle.
This kit is fantastic for the person who has nothing in the way of emergency equipment and needs somewhere to start. If you have teenagers you won't have to worry as much if they are at the mall with a car that has a flat battery or on the side of the road at night with a flat tire.
The AAA 70 Piece Explorer Road Assistance Kit is a beginners kit and is especially designed for the beginner. It covers all the basics and in a container which you can use for more when the time comes to expand.
Goodyear Emergency Roadside Car Kit
The Goodyear Emergency Roadside Car Kit as you would expect, has been made with the breakdown in mind. This is an amazingly comprehensive roadside assistance kit. It comes with everything from freestanding reflective triangles to a two ton towing rope. If you break down, and need help, and are within cell phoning distance of anyone who can help you move your car, or if you can get someone to assist you, then this kit will help you get to where you can get your car fixed, or in the case of a flat tire, will provide you with most of the tools you need that may not already be in your care. This goes for both night and day.
This kit does not have a first aid kit like the AAA roadside emergency kit above. Instead Goodyear have remained focused on the things that really matter when your car breaks down on the side of the road. In keeping with that philosophy, this kit also includes a one year membership to Goodyear's roadside assistance service. If this is what you really need then this is the kit to buy.
UPG 86039 Emergency Road Kit in Canvas Bag
The UPG 86039 Emergency Road Kit in Canvas Bag is the most basic kit of the three featured in this article. It has the bare minimum you need in the case of a roadside emergency. There are seventeen pieces in total, not much when compared with the AAA seventy piece, but the whole idea here is to get you out of trouble. With that in mind they have supplied the essentials such as flat nose pliers, flashlight, emergency triangle, and even more impressively, a 300 psi compressor. Believe me, if you find out your spare is also flat then this is a godsend to have.
The quality of the items in this kit are maybe the least impressive part of it. They are not meant to be used over and over again and are cheap in construction. This kit is not meant to be used on a daily basis, but rather to get you out of trouble. If you want quality equipment that can be used as more than just an emergency kit then I would not recommend this kit, but if you want something just to get by when you need it most, it more than adequately fills the role.
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