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What’s an Emergency Car Kit? Do I Need One?

The answer is yes!  When we talk about on the road safety, you always hear about preparing an emergency car kit.  What are they?  What do they consist of?  We’re here to help!  Here are some basic things you should always have in your car.

Year-Round Items

  • Rescue Tool – to cut seatbelts and break glass
  • Jumper Cables
  • A Basic Toolkit – Wrenches, Screwdrivers, Pliers, Vise Grips, Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Duct Tape
  • Reflective Vest/Jacket
  • Work Gloves
  • Roadside Flares/Warning Lights/Glow Sticks
  • Reflectors
  • Car Jack
  • Food and Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toilet Paper
  • Flashlights
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Portable Battery Charger – for your phone
  • No Spill Gas Can
  • Two Way Radio – with a range of over 20 miles
  • Car Fuses
  • Portable Air Compressor
  • Portable Car Battery Charger
  • Tire Iron
  • Small, Foldable Shovel
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Pocket Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Motor Oil
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Tow Strap
  • Fix a Flat
  • Contact List
  • Note Pad and Pens/Pencils/Sharpies
  • Tissues
  • Cleansing Wipes
  • Maps/ GPS Unit
  • Emergency Radio
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Waterproof Matches/Lighters

Now that you know what items you need for your emergency car kit, be sure to get yours together today!

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Now that you know what items to have in your car all year round for emergency situations, there are some items that need to be rotated in and out of your car based on the seasons.

Summer Items

  • Water – 1 or 2 gallons, plus a bottle for each person in the car
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats – baseball or wide brim
  • Sandals – in case of lost shoes
  • Snacks – Crackers, granola, and other food items that will keep during hot months
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses – you never know when you may need an extra pair
  • Jackets – light for the season, but enough to keep warm as the temperature drops at night.
  • Sweatshirts
  • Extra Hair Ties
  • Insect Repellent
  • Chapstick – store upright in a ziplock bag
  • Ponchos – for some unexpected rain
  • An Extra Change of Clothes

That sums it up for the summer items.  Now onto some items you’ll need for your kit for winter.

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Winter Items

  • Ice Scraper
  • Portable Snow Shovel
  • Snow Brush
  • A Bag of Sand/Kitty Litter – for traction if you get stuck in the snow or on a patch of ice
  • Tire Chains
  • All weather reflective blanket
  • Traction Mats
  • Heavy Blanket
  • Hand Warmers
  • Extra Gloves
  • Extra Scarf
  • Extra Winter Hat
  • Extra Winter Jacket
  • An Extra Change of Clothes
  • Sleeping Bag

There you have it.  A complete list of items to have in your car in case you need them.  Be sure to get your kit together today!  Remember, if you have questions, we’re here for you!

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