Nobody wants to be stranded after something happens. It’s best to prepare for the worst and have a car emergency kit ready to go. So, what should you keep in your emergency kit for your car?
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Car Emergency Kit Supplies
For your emergency kit to be effective, you need to have supplies for any possible situation. This can include a dead battery, a flat, or even survival items if you break down in the middle of winter. Here’s a list of supplies you should pack in your car.
- Spare tire (properly inflated!)
- Wheel wrench and car jack
- Jumper cables
- Tool kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Reflective triangles and brightly colored clothing (like orange or yellow)
- First aid kit
- Drinking water
- Snacks (Like granola bars; replace if expiring)
- Car charger so you can call for help
- Fire extinguisher
- Duct tape
- Rain poncho
- List of emergency contacts, including roadside assistance, family members, and close friends
If that’s not enough, you should prepare more for over the winter, especially in areas like here in Elgin, IL. Freezing rain, heavy snow, and cold temperatures will all make for an unpleasant ride home. Make sure to also include the following if you get into trouble during winter.
- Snow brush and scraper
- Warm clothing and blankets (including hats and gloves if you need to work outside your vehicle)
- Cat litter (for traction if roads are slippery)
- Cold resistant antifreeze
If you have kids or pets, it’d be best to adjust accordingly. This could include adding a pet bowl and extra food and water for everyone in the vehicle. Also, bring games that the kids can play with if they’re with you.