What To Keep In Your Car In Case Of Emergency
We spend a lot of time in our car, but are we prepared for anything that might happen? What if it breaks down in the middle of nowhere? What if it’s the dead of winter in the middle of the night? What if there’s an accident? What if someone in the car gets sick? Are we prepared for any of those situations? We can and should be.
Usually, a sudden malfunction can leave you miles away from help. Worse, you might find yourself with no phone signal!
Although unforeseen circumstances can’t be predicted, you can have the right items in your arsenal to hopefully prepare you for anything.
Whether you’re driving a minivan, truck or hatchback, it’s always a good idea to keep these things in your car in case something unforeseen happens.
Cellphone And Cellphone Charger
Believe it or not, a cellphone and a cellphone charger is one of the most valuable devices to have these days in your car and on your person. A lot of people have no experience changing a tire and calling someone to help would be a top priority.
You never want to be caught with a dad phone battery, especially in a dire emergency in a car in the middle of nowhere. So make sure you either have a car charger or better yet a portable battery (in case the car charger doesn’t work) to charge your phone and make a call during an emergency.
First Aid Kit
You should always have a first aid kit with you in the car. It’s something we don’t often think of carrying with us, but it can be one of the most important things you can have with you in case of an emergency.
This kit should be complete with bandages, vinyl gloves, scissors, antiseptic, pain relief medicine, band aids, and q-tips that will come in handy for a lot of things.
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Tire Changing Supplies
No one wants to be stuck in the road with broken tires. To avoid this, have your tire changing supplies ready at the back of your car.
Be ready with your tire iron, spare tire, tire jack, lug wrench, handy dandy Fix-A-Flat, and even some WD-40 on hand so you’ve got everything you need if a tire suddenly goes flat.
Dead batteries happen. It can take you by surprise. But don’t rely on a Good Samaritan to always show up and give you a jump.
Have a set of jumper cables ready in your own car. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions to safely return the power back to your vehicle.
Duct tape is great for everything, from roadside first aid to temporary repairs.
This roll of tape is a quick and easy repair to get you back on the road if you have a minor hose leak. This could give you just what you need to make it home or to a repair shop and not leave you stranded needing a tow.
Have a basic tool kit containing pliers, hammer, screwdriver, and wrench within reach all the time.
As a lot of roads are not well lit, there are also others with no lighting at all!
If you need to pull over, especially in the middle of the night, you need to stand out against the dark, especially for late-night motorists.
A blanket will not only keep you warm during winter, if you break down, it will also keep you and your tools clean in case you need to look under your car or change the tire.
You need a flashlight when changing a tire at night. It can also illuminate your work space and allow other motorists to easily spot you from a distance.
Make sure to keep a few things you can snack on in case you get really stuck. There’s nothing worse than adding hunger to an already frustrating situation.
Keep a few non-perishable food items in your car. Stash some granola bars, dried fruit packs, or energy bars in case of emergency.
These food items can be eaten without utensils and you won’t need water to wash your hands afterward.
Paper towels are quick cleanup options.
You can use them to wipe the dirt off your face and hands. You can also wipe the bugs off the windshield or clean your seat using a paper towel.
Also having toilet paper handy is useful especially when traveling and having to use some not great gas station bathrooms along the way…
Nobody wants to be stuck feeling helpless on the road. However, if you have these items with you, in your car, you’re assured that you have a solution in case something happens while you’re driving.
Are there other things that you keep in your car for emergency purposes? Share them with us in the comments below.