We all know unforeseeable events can happen while driving. It is therefore important to equip yourself well in case the unfortunate event happens. Whether you will be able to get back on the road fast or not depends on your car emergency kit and how well it is equipped. Here we discuss some of the 15 items you should have on your car emergency kit.
1. A charged cellphone
A cellphone will help you seek for assistance in case of any emergency. Without a cellphone you will not be able to call for help. Ensure that the phone is well charged.
2. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a must have for any emergency kit. The first aid kit should include gauze pads, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, ointment, and antiseptic cream. Any specific medication for your family should also be included.
3. Foam tire sealant
Foam tire sealant is important for repairing flat tire in times of emergency. For minor punctures, a foam sealant will help you get back on the road fast. A foam sealant should not be used as a permanent solution.
4. Tow strap or rope
This will be useful in case you need to tow your car
5. Flashlight with extra batteries
A flashlight will come in handy in case you need to inspect your car under the hood or if you are inspecting the car at night. Remember to pack some extra batteries
6. Jumper Cables
Jumper cable are important if a second car is accessible. You can also carry a portable battery booster in case a second car is not available.
It could be snowing or pouring and a woolen blanket will help you keep warm while awaiting for help.
8. A GPS Unit
In case you are driving in an area with poor cellular reception, your cellphone’s GPS will be useless. In this case, you will need a GPS unit to pinpoint you in the right direction.
9. Car escape tools
These will include items such as window breaker and seat belt cutter. They will come in handy if you get stuck inside the car.
10. Water and some food
It is good to have nonperishable food and water in case of any emergency. You can get stuck for long hours and this food will come in handy.
11. Extra gloves
You may need gloves for either protection when you are changing a tire or just for warmth while stranded on the road.
12. Roll of duct tape
You can use it to fix many things. Consequently, it is an excellent idea to have at least 10 feet of it in your car emergency kit.
13. Reflective warning Triangles
Reflective warning triangles are important for warning oncoming traffic.
14. Fire Extinguisher
The fire extinguisher should be rated for class B and C. Class B is for fires that involves flammable liquids for example diesel, gasoline and kerosene. Class C is for energized electrical equipment for example panel boxes, switches and batteries.
15. Small tool kit
This will contain items such as pliers, screwdrivers, vise grips, adjustable wrench and tire pressure gauge. These items are important for fixing parts of a car in times of emergency.