Emergency Items To Keep In Your Car

The interior of the trunk of the car in which there is a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, warning triangle, reflective vest, starter cables and tow rope

In life, you never know what you might experience. That is why it is important to have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle in case you are in a car accident or you breakdown far from cell service or civilization. An emergency kit will held keep you safe, fed, warm, and prepared during a potentially life-threatening situation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than six million reported accidents each year in the U.S. This does not account for unreported accidents.

Imagine a scenario where you are driving during a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere and your vehicle suddenly dies. You pull off to the side of the road. There’s no one around and the snow slowly begins to accumulate on your increasingly cold car.

For those without an emergency kit, the night will either be long and possibly life-threatening. For those with an emergency kit, the night will be made bearable thanks to additional cold-weather gear, blankets, food, water, and whatever else you have to keep you safe, fed, and warm.

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What Do You Need To Put In Your Emergency Vehicle Kit?

Here are several items that need to be in your kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Reflective triangle
  • Extra batteries for flashlight
  • Road flares
  • Emergency whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Portable battery jump starter
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Bungee cords
  • Blankets
  • Cold-weather clothing (gloves, beanie, hand warmers)
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency survival blanket
  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Traction aid (sand, salt, cat litter)

Be sure to replenish any depleted items.

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