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Emergency Car Kit Checklist

Updated on March 2, 2014

Be Prepared on the Road

You just never know when you might encounter a roadside emergency so having an emergency car kit in your trunk could be a lifesaver. Having one of these kits in your trunk especially in the winter is very important.

There are many types of kits that you can purchase. They are mostly inexpensive and more than worth the money you spend if you really need one. If you do a lot of driving, even with a newer car, make sure you invest in an emergency car kit.

You will be able to find a basic emergency car kit available that were designed to get you through a few hours of being inconvenienced all the way up to ones that will help you survive for a few days. The more extensive ones have everything from jumper cables and flashlights to food and water and medical supplies.

A basic kit should at least have a first aid kit along with some water and perhaps a snack bar or two. One thing you might want to consider adding is a fire extinguisher. If you travel at night you will probably want warning lights or flares so people can see that you are broken down on the highway.

Also make sure you have a spare tire, a jack, lug wrench and foam tire sealant just encase you end up with a flat tire and there isn't anyone around to assist you.

Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

77 Piece Warrior Road Assistance Kit

The AAA 77 Piece Warrior Road Assistance Kit helps keep you prepared should an accident or persona injury occur during a road trip. This kit is perfect for keeping you safe, warm and comfortable should you have to wait for help. With 10 positive reviews, this kit offers everything you might need including booster cables, air compressor, emergency whistle, LED flashlight and a 45-piece first aid pouch.

Bell Automotive 22-1-65006-1 Roadside Emergency Kit

This kit contains everything you would need in an emergency. Included is a booster cable, tire sealant, flashlight, 2 D batteries, 25 cable ties, help sign, 2 knit gloves, tie down, space blanket, 2-in-1 screwdriver, rain poncho, car care guide, accident document guide

Here is what one customer had to say: "My granddaughter just got her first car and with her birthday coming up I wanted to get her something for it. I wanted something useful and the certainly fits the bill. It has everything she will need in case she breaks down or there is a medical issue."

Winter Survival Kit For Car: 101

Urban Road Warrior Emergency Preparedness

If you are looking for the ultimate emergency car kit then this emergency kit will fit the bill. This kit can cover most emergencies that you might encounter on the road. It contains the following:
* 30 Minute High-Intensity Light Stick
* Tow Rope
* Auto Spot Light
* Jumper Cables
* First Aid Kit
* Flashlight with Batteries
* Fire Extinguisher
* Solar Blanket
* Waterproof Poncho
* Swiss Style Army Knife
* Flat Tire Fixer
* Drinking Water
* Leather Gloves
* Whistle
* Duct Tape
* Utility Knife
* Emergency Instructions and Help Sign
* Wet Naps
* Reflecting Triangle

Everything is packed in a heavy duty back pack. Just throw it in the trunk and you are ready for any emergency!

Make Your Own Emergency Car Kit

If you want to make up your own emergency car kit then you need to consider your driving conditions first. Do you drive on roads that aren't plowed very often in the winter or do you do a lot of long distance driving? Knowing how much you drive, where you drive and how long you tend to be on the road can help you decide what you need to have for an emergency situation.

Here is a checklist of a few of the items you should include in your Emergency Car Kit:

  • Jumper Cables
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight with Batteries
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Flat Tire Sealant
  • Drinking Water
  • Duct Tape
  • Reflecting Triangle or Flares


All you need is bag with a zipper or a pail with a lid to put all these items in, put it in your trunk and you are prepared for any simple road side emergency.

One thing you might want to consider if you do a lot of long distance driving is having a extra charger for your cell phone included in your kit.

Some Car Emergency Guidelines

There are other emergencies that can occur when you are in your car other than your car breaking down on the road. Here are a few and what you should do in case they occur when you are in your car.

Earthquake
It is much safer to remain inside your car rather than getting out even though it might not feel safe when your car is shaking and the road is cracking and splitting. Make sure to stop your car in a safe location and stay in the car until the shaking has stopped. Try not to park your car under power lines. However, if a power line does end up on top of your car, it is safer to stay inside until a utility worker removes them. Stepping out of your car when there are power lines down could result in you being electrocuted.

Tornado
This is one time when you don't want to be in your car. Should you happen to be in the path of a tornado you will need to find a safe building immediately. If there isn't a building then a ditch or other depression in the ground will work. You will need to lie flat with your face down with your arms covering your head.

Flood
Flooding and water over the road can be very dangerous. It is impossible to tell how deep the water is so don't attempt to drive through the water. If your engine ends up getting water it in, your car could stall and you will be in even more trouble. As well, attempting to drive through the water when the water level is rising can also be dangerous because this kind of flooding tends to be fast moving and can sweep you and the car further into deeper water.

Preparation with a Roadside Emergency Kits

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