Car Emergency Kits – Travel Safely – Be Prepared [GUEST POST]

It makes perfect sense to keep a car emergency kit in your vehicle. So why then do the majority of people not have emergency kits in their cars or trucks? Putting together an emergency kit is not complicated, requires little effort and is not expensive when you consider all that is at stake. The truth is that most drivers don’t take the time to prepare for a roadside emergency. Like most other uncomfortable situations, no one wants to imagine that it will ever happen to them. This can be referred to as the “it won’t happen to me” syndrome. It is pretty easy to come up with reasons not to take the time to put together or purchase a car emergency kit.

“I belong to an automobile club, they can always come to rescue me”.
“I have my cell phone, I can call for help if I need it”.
“My car is brand new, it’s not going to break down”.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to control what may or may not happen out on the road. Automobile clubs are a great idea and we recommend finding one that meets your needs but there are situations when they simply cannot help you. It may be that you cannot even contact your auto club. Cell phones are a modern marvel but there is not always cell service, batteries die, the phone could be lost or destroyed in an accident and sometimes they simply don’t work. With very little effort and expense you can purchase or create your own car emergency kit and be prepared for most emergency situations.

It is very easy to create your own car emergency kit; there are also pre-packaged car emergency kits readily available at very reasonable pricing. It is better to buy a stock car emergency kit than to not have one at all, so if you have been putting off making your own, browse the wide selection of car emergency kits at Safety Kits Plus and get one for each of your vehicles. You can always just purchase a basic stock emergency kit and supplement the contents. This gives you the basic supplies and then you can customize the kit to meet your personal needs. Of course, prior to a major road trip ensure that the items in your kit are re-stocked and up to date.

Basic Car Emergency Supplies

Here is a list of the basic emergency supplies that should be in your kit:

  • Heavy Duty Jumper Cables emergency-kit
  • Air Compressor or Fix-A-Flat Can
  • Flashlight
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Reflective Triangle or Road Flares
  • Multi-Function Tool
  • Heavy Duty Gloves
  • Emergency Poncho
  • Flat Head and Phillips Screwdrivers
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Duct Tape
  • Bungee Cords
  • Shop Cloths
  • Cable Ties
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • 5 Year Shelf Life Food and Water Packets
  • Survival Blanket

Store these items in a durable bag that is easily accessible. These basic emergency items will keep you prepared for an unexpected emergency. Additional supplies such as light sticks, a folding shovel, emergency radio, disposable camera, batteries, safety vest, distress banner, extra cash ($20 in singles), extra clothing and a tow rope are also great to have when needed.

In the Event of an Emergency on the Road

When you find yourself in an emergency situation it is always important to remain calm and to not panic. It is a good idea if possible to contact someone and let them know your situation. If you cannot reach someone you know contact your roadside emergency service if you have one or 911 if you do not. Next, it is very important to ensure that your vehicle is in a safe place and to make yourself and your vehicle highly visible. This is a good time to put on your hi-visibility safety vest, lift the hood of your car and put on your emergency flashers. Set up your reflective triangles or road flares to warn oncoming traffic. Vehicles can be very dangerous so if you are not mechanically inclined and not familiar with auto care it is always best to wait for a professional to assist you. Do not attempt to jump your car or open the radiator of a vehicle if you do not know exactly what you are doing!

Prepare Today – Safe Tomorrow

It is best to always be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Take the time to make your own car emergency kit today or visit Safety Kits Plus to purchase a stock car emergency kit that meets your needs. Don’t be fooled into thinking it will never happen to you, it can! Prepare today and you will be safe tomorrow and you will be glad you did if you ever find yourself in a roadside emergency.

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