8 must-have items for your car emergency kit

Updated Aug 07, 2019 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!

Misfortunes might happen anytime, so preparing these toolkits for your car will help you out.

Always, there is no less than one unexpected situation you have to face with while driving on the road. Some of them are caused by other cars, some are simply led by internal problems. Therefore, it is never excessive to bring your emergency kit on every journey. Although being very important for car owners, emergency kits tend to be neglected until incidents actually happen.

For this reason, you should always have a vehicle emergency kit in your car. Here are 8 things you should consider adding to your car emergency kit so that you are well-prepared for any unexpected situations.

1. Reflective triangle, road flares and battery-powered warning light

Place the reflective triangle, battery-powered warning light and road flares behind your car when stopping on the side of the road to alert coming drivers and sometimes call for their help. Also, flashlights are very helpful for you to navigate if the incident happen at night.

reflective triangle on the road

Put a reflective triangle behind your car to alert coming drivers 

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2. Mobile phone and portable charger

Some people may find it’s too obvious to have those devices in their car, but in some hasty cases, they might forget. When a serious accident occurs, calling an ambulance or police is of foremost importance. A mobile phone isn’t enough; you also need a charger or even a power bank to ensure that your phone always has enough battery for emergency calls.

power bank and portable chargers

Power bank provides juice for all devices when you’re on the road

3. Jumper cables, oil and spare fuses

These tools are used to reboot your car. However, having your car checked frequently especially when you notice unusual phenomenons is also necessary. If you recognize any strange signal from your car, particularly from its engine, stop immediately, check it and bring it to the nearest car repair shop. Don't risk to keep going with a problematic car!

4. Jack, lug, properly inflated tired and tire gauge

A flat tire might be the worst problem you ever want to happen on the road. Jack, lug, properly inflated tired and tire gauge are exactly your savers in this case. Remember to bring them on every trip, you will never have to worry about having troubles with a flat tire. It is advisable to check your tire condition frequently. You can also use a pressure monitoring system to check whether the tire in good condition or not.

Checking tire pressure

You can also use a pressure monitoring system to check whether the tire in good condition or not

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5. Basic tool kit for repair

Instead of calling for Emergency Roadside Assistance, you can save your money by having your small car problems fixed my yourself with a basic toolkit. It includes multipurpose knife, screwdrivers, sockets, hammer, and a pliers.

Basic car tool kit

Fix some simple car problems by yourself with a car tool kit

6. Additional ropes, rain ponchos and rags

These items are needed to tie your additional luggage and keep it dry on the top of your car. You should use ropes and rain ponchos to protect your luggage from rain and dirt.

luggage placed on the top of the car

Additional luggage placed on the top of the car should be protected from rain and dirt

7. Nonperishable food, consumable fluids, emergency blankets and first-aid kit

If you have a long journey on your own car especially a remote area, foods and drinks should be stored. Additionally, it’s helpful for you to keep an emergency blanket to deal with cold weather. On the other hand, some must-have first-aid kit items like bandages, pain relievers, antibiotics, aspirin and allergy medications are an indispensable part in your car.

first aid kit

First-aid items for safety

8. Shovel and a bag of sand

If it’s predictable that the road is going to be an off-road one or it is expected to be a long journey. You should have those items to keep you away from being stuck in a mud hole.

In conclusion, to prepare well for your trip, you should check the weather forecast, get everything ready and put it in an easily accessible place in your car.

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