What should your vehicle emergency kit include?

Published on Apr 23, 2012

Regardless of whether your driving in the city or in the countryside having a well stocked vehicle emergency kit is essential. Having an emergency kit in the trunk of your car may in fact mean the difference between being stuck on the sitting on the side of the highway waiting for a tow truck or making it successfully to your destination. In more severe weather lack of an adequate safety kit could also be potentially dangerous to your safety.

Safety kits can be as elaborate or basic as you want however at a bare minimum they should include the following items:

Essential items:

  • Non-perishable food such as energy bars
  • Water - change every 6 months and store plastic bottles to prevent them from breaking if frozen
  • Extra clothing, socks and shoes
  • First aid kit (with a seatbelt cutter)
  • Small shovel, scraper and a snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind-up flashlight
  • Whistle (in the event you need to attract attention)
  • Roadmaps

Also keep these items in your trunk:

  • traction mats/sand/salt/kitty litter(non clumping)
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares
  • A tool kit
  • Tire chains
  • A spare tire with air in it
  • Paper towels

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