We live in a country that is known for its tough winters. When winter sets in, there is a lot of snow and ice. With the temperature dropping and some roads becoming a bit hazardous, it might be a good time to look at creating a roadside emergency kit for your car.
An emergency kit for your car can be a good way to protect yourself if you run into trouble. It’s not just about sliding off the road and getting stuck. In some cases, you might get stuck in a snowstorm and it might be safer to pull over and wait for a snowplow to come buy and clear the road. At any rate, having an emergency kit in your car can be perfect for preparedness.
While you can buy an emergency kit to keep in your car, creating one can save you money and ensure that you have everything you need in the event of a problem.
What to Put in Your Car’s Emergency Kit
As you assemble your car’s emergency kit, it’s important to make sure that you have the essentials covered.
One of the most important items to include in your car’s emergency preparedness kit is a First Aid kit. This is one of the few items that it can be worthwhile to buy a complete kit, just because of all the small items that you want to make sure that are put in there. However, if you want to construct your own First Aid kit, you want to make sure that you include various-sized bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, iodine, tweezers, and pain relievers.
There are a few other things that you should keep in your car for emergency preparedness. You should keep a blanket in your car for warmth. You can keep an old quilt in your car to fill this purpose, but it can be bulky. However, there are also heat blankets that you can buy. They come in compact packages so that you can easily keep them in your car. Other items to keep in your car include a rain poncho, flashlight, and a radio. You can buy crank versions of flashlights and radios, or you should make sure that the batteries are good on a regular basis.
Some of the most important items to keep in your vehicle are the ones that can help get it moving again. This includes jumper cables and extra fuses as well as oil, antifreeze and a can of tire filler/inflator. A tire gauge and portable compressor can help with slow leaks as well. A tire repair kit can keep things going in the event of a flat tire — at least until you can have your tire changed. A shovel and some road salt or sand can help you get out when you find yourself stuck in the snow.
To make sure that others can see you, be sure to pack a couple flares and a caution or help sign. Don’t rely on only your caution lights since when you need them your battery may already be dead.
Other tools you’ll want to include in your car’s emergency preparedness kit are a flashlight, multipurpose tool, an adjustable wrench and a multi-head screwdriver. A small fire extinguisher could prevent a fire from getting out of control.
In case you are stuck for awhile, you should also consider having some sort of non-perishables in the car. Energy bars and granola bars can come in handy if you end up stuck for a while. A couple bottles of water are also a good idea, just in case. Another good idea is to make sure that you keep your gas tank at least half full with gas. That way your car will run for longer.
This is quite a bit of extra weight to carry around in your car so you might want to save on gas by packing a smaller kit for regular city driving and a complete kit when venturing out on the highways. You can switch the kit out if you need to. Plus, your extra kit can serve as another emergency preparedness kit for all sorts of emergencies.
Either way, prepare an emergency kit now and you’ll be glad you did if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need it.