Imagine finding yourself driving down a dark, lonely road outside of the city when your car breaks down or gets a flat tire and you’re without a spare. It’s something no one wants to happen to them, but a situation you can prepare for. 

Here are nine items to have in your emergency roadside car kit. 

  1. Jumper Cables

This basic item is a necessity for your vehicle. You can also purchase a small, portable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery with jumper cables. These batteries also often recharge cell phones. 

  1. Flares or Triangle Reflectors

In the event your vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere where you can’t get cell phone service and it’s dark or low-visibility conditions, you want passersby to see you. Mark your location with flares (LED flares are also an option) or triangle reflectors. 

  1. First-aid Kit

Another basic necessity to help treat any minor injuries, make sure your vehicle has a first-aid kit and it stocked regularly. If you regularly take medications, also keep a supply in your vehicle.

  1. Blanket

You don’t want to be caught out in the cold with no heat from your vehicle. Keep a blanket or space blanket in your car to ensure you stay warm if you are stranded for a long period of time in cold weather.

  1. Flashlight and Extra Batteries

Have a high-powered flashlight available in your car along with backup batteries.

  1. Ice Scraper and Foldable Snow Shovel

If you live somewhere that sees winter conditions like ice and snow, make sure you have an ice scraper and small snow shovel in your vehicle in case you get stranded in snow or ice. 

  1. Bottled Water and Non-Perishable Food 

Keep a few bottles of water and some non-perishable food such as granola bars in your vehicle to stay hydrated and fed if stranded for a long period of time.

  1. Tool Kit

Have a tool kit in your car that contains a screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench, and pocket knife or utility tool.

  1. Can of Tire Inflator and Sealant

If you don’t have a spare tire, a can of tire inflator and sealant can be a lifesaver. 

Once you have assembled your roadside emergency kit, find a good way to keep these items together and that it is quickly accessible. You can use a simple cardboard box, backpack, or another bag. Many retailers also sell pre-assembled roadside emergency kits that range in size and price. Whichever route you choose to go, make sure you have what you need to stay protected in case of an emergency. And if you’re looking for auto insurance, give us a call so we can help Protect Your Good Life.