How to Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car
We all know that winter weather can cause serious problems for drivers. Ice and snow can make roads dangerous in a matter of hours, and that’s why you need to be prepared. We recommend that you prepare a simple emergency kit for your car so you have all the supplies you need in the off-chance that you encounter any sort of problem, whether it be flat tire or a snowstorm. Get a large, sturdy bag to carry your emergency items, and keep it in your trunk at all times. Here’s what you need…
Supplies for Your Car
An inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, tripod jack, and flat-tire inflation canister
- Jumper cables
- No-spill gas can
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Car fire extinguisher
- Car battery charger
- Washer fluid
- 2 quarts of oil
General Emergency Supplies
- First aid kit – including gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, hydrocortisone, tweezers, instant cold compress, and thermometer
- Bottled water
- Nonperishable food such as nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, etc.
- Duct tape
- Hand-crank radio
- Coats, gloves, hats, etc.
- Ice scraper
- Warm, waterproof boots
- A foldable shovel
- Cat litter for traction on ice
As the temperatures drop, you should also make sure your car has been properly winterized for the cold weather to lessen your chances of actually needing your emergency kit. And, make sure your auto insurance is up to date, as well, so your vehicle will be covered if it ever slips on icy roads this winter.