Roadside Emergency Kits
Prepackaged Roadside Emergency Kits vary greatly in price and comprehensiveness. You can usually find one that fits your budget and your needs though.
Here are some prepackaged car emergency kits to consider:
- Urban Road Warrior Emergency Preparedness Auto Survival Kit
- Winter Emergency Car Kit – Road Warrior
- Bridgestone and Travel Road Safety Kit with Carry Case
- AAA 73-Piece Premium Excursion Road Kit
- AAA 70-Piece Explorer Road Assistance Kit
- AAA 42-Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit
- Wilmar Deluxe Roadside Assistance Kit
You might be able to save some money by assembling your own car emergency kit! And even if you purchase a prepackaged kit, you will probably want to beef it up with some additional items. First, you want to make sure you have the basic essentials such as water, food, and warmth.
20 Things You Need in an Emergency Car Kit:
1. Water. Drinkable water is important. Water is also useful for washing wounds and for sanitation. Water can be helpful if your car overheats. Because of the limited space in cars, the water must be stored in small packages.
4. Charged cell phone. This item will probably be with you anyway, but it may make the difference between getting help fast or not. Make sure your phone is charged every time you get into your car and it doesn’t hurt to keep a phone charger in your car too.
5. First-aid kit. As well as an assortment of Band-Aids, it should include adhesive tape, gauze pads, pain reliever, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything particular to you or your family. You may also want to include tissues, toilet paper, safety pins and ace bandages.
6. Fire Extinguisher. It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the NFPA. Class B fires are those that involve flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes and batteries.
7. Tire gauge. Use the tire gauge to periodically check the air pressure in your spare tire. A lot of people ignore it until they have a flat, and then discover the spare is flat too.
8. Tire sealant. A quick, inexpensive way to repair many flats without having to change the tire.
9. Jumper cables. They should be at least 10 feet in length and coated with at least 8-gauge rubber. Depending on your circumstances, you might also want to consider a portable Jump Starter. My husband has a portable Jump Starter with Built-in Air Compressor that he keeps in his truck.
10. Flashlight. Be sure to keep charged batteries in the flashlight too. The Innovative LED Lights have a much higher battery life than conventional flashlights. It is best if you can include a waterproof light. Other lights that could be useful in your auto emergency kit are light sticks, emergency candles with a wide base and waterproof matches.
13. Duct tape. Handy for all sorts of situations! Carry at least 10 feet of it.
15. Multi-purpose tool. A multi-purpose knife provides many different tools for you to work with in a time of need. A Samurai survival tool provides a hatchet, hammer, and pry tool all-in-one. You might also consider an Escape tool, which has a seat belt cutter and window breaker.
16. Reflective warning triangles. While many prepackaged emergency kits contain one warning triangle, it is suggested that you have 3 that are placed 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic.
17. Rain poncho. Even an inexpensive plastic poncho is better than nothing when changing a tire in the pouring rain.
18. Cat litter. It works as well as sand beneath the tires for traction and weighs less.
20. Shovel. A compact shovel may come in handy if you get stuck in the snow or mud.
Make sure that the tools that came with your car are in place too, like the car jack!