Know How to Pack the Essentials in you Roadside Emergency Kit
Traveling far distances can often be dangerous, especially when alone. Many travelers carry roadside emergency kits in their cars such as blankets and jumper cables. Yet there are essentials that should always be in your car regardless of the driving distance. Keep in mind these tools and supplies to make the driving experience safer.
Even if you have AAA or other roadside assistance, don’t always assume they will be available to help in a moments notice. When assembling this kit, always remember to check the equipment is working such as the spare tire is inflated, batteries charged and first-aid kit is current.
Everyday Roadside Emergency Kits
- Always carry a cell phone as well as a car charger during longer road trips.
- First aid kits with bandages and disinfectant.
- Spare tire as well as jack and lug wrench
- Make sure your hazard lights are working correctly as well as hazard triangles or flares for longer travel.
- Spare fuses are needed in times of extensive travel. You may experience electrical problems, you can find the correct fuse type in your owners manual.
- Flashlights are very important. You can never plan a roadside emergency in the daylight.
- Always carry some kind of cash for unexpected tolls, cab rides or service charges. Not all places take credit cards.
- Keep a roadside assistance number in your glove box in case your phone dies.
- Basic tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and other small tools. A small tool box won’t take up much room in your trunk.
During Longer Trips
- Hose repairs and fix kit. A leaking coolant hose will halt your car in seconds.
- Extra blankets and warm clothing in case you’re stranded for more than a day.
- CB radio. If your car battery or cell phone dies, you’ll need a CB radio.
- Non perishable food such as canned goods.
- Snow shovel in case the weather turns sour.
- Hand warmers may be needed if the night turns cold.
Emergency roadside kits are vitally important when traveling all kinds of distances. Changes in weather and car troubles can leave you stranded day or night. Because of this, you must always be prepared with proper tools and emergency supplies. Make sure to have these supplies and check list with you at all times.