Your road trip checklist may include in-car entertainment and luggage – but safety experts insist that you may be missing something important: A car emergency kit.
The Automobile Association of America rescues hundreds of thousands of stranded motorists on a given holiday weekend, spokesperson Tamra Johnson said. Many need help due to dead batteries, flat tires, and lockouts.
In an emergency, the AAA recommends that you be prepared with a roadside car emergency kit. These items will keep you fed, ensure you can call for help, and enable you to make basic repairs.
We’ve listed out 10 items for your car emergency kit that can literally be your lifesaver.
1. Mobile phone and car charger
In everyday life, a smartphone with a low battery is an annoyance. But if you’re trapped in a car, it can be a matter of survival. Always be sure to have a portable phone charger with you in the car, so you can charge on the go and get help if you’re in distress.
2. Flashlight with extra batteries
When darkness hits, sometimes your smartphone flashlight just won’t cut it. Pack a flashlight, along with extra batteries, to make sure you can see everything you need to at night.
3. Jumper cables or jump pack
According to Johnson, these items are essential for restarting a dead car battery, one of the leading causes of AAA roadside rescues.
4. Basic toolkit
Ensure you have access to a screwdriver, pliers, an adjustable wrench, duct tape, and plastic zip ties. These handy tools are versatile and can be used in various circumstances to make sure your car is running smoothly.
5. Tarp, raincoat, and gloves
If you’re pulled over on the roadside, these items can keep you warm and dry when rain is pouring down.
6. Rags, paper towels, and pre-moistened wipes
If any potentially dirty repairs are required, having rags, wipes, and towels handy can help you mop up the mess in your car.
7. Warning devices
When stalled at the side of the road, having flares, reflective triangles, or LED beacons can increase your car’s visibility and improve fellow drivers’ reaction time to avoid further accidents.
8. First-aid kit
Whether you might have to disinfect some cuts or stop any bleeding, a first-aid kit can be useful in case of injuries suffered out on the road. These kits are easy to pack and contain the essentials to deal with most injuries you may encounter in your car.
9. Snacks/food for your passengers and any pets
If you’re stuck far from civilization with hours to kill in your car, you and your family are sure to get hungry. Always pack some high-energy snacks that will keep you full and alert for a long time. Think non-perishable foods like nuts or dried fruits that can provide you with a boost of energy in case you’re left stranded in the middle of nowhere.
10. Drinking water
Like snacks and food, extra water is vital to keep you healthy and alert during long trips.
Where should I store my kit?
Usually, the trunk is an excellent place to store all of your emergency items. However, if you are rear-ended or find yourself otherwise unable to get to your trunk, you’ll be out of luck.
If you have enough room to keep your emergency kit in the car with you (on the floor in the back row, underneath a car seat, etc.), you could benefit from easy access to all your supplies. You should also periodically check your car emergency kit in case it may need any restocking.
Head on over to the Car Factory, where our certified mechanics will ensure that everything in your car is in perfect working order before you head out on that long road trip. Book an appointment today by calling us at 786-406-6234 or visit our website.
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