We have all seen the nightmarish stories on the news of motorists becoming trapped in their vehicles for hours on end due to traffic jams or inclement weather. There have been reports of motorists being trapped in their cars for nearly 20 hours! Unfortunately, weather disasters can’t always be avoided. However, an emergency car kit can ensure you’re prepared until law enforcement or roadside assistance is able to provide aid and clear the scene.
Your emergency car kit should include:
- Cell phone and charger
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Basic tool kit and duct tape
- Emergency reflective cones or road flares
- Fresh drinking water and snacks
- Pet supplies if traveling with a pet
- Sand, salt, or cat litter to aid with traction in ice or snow
- Raincoat and tarp
- Jumper cables
- Rags or paper towels
- Spare tire and jack
- Emergency car battery charger
Emergency Car Kits
You can purchase pre-made emergency car kits, or you can create a kit on your own. Store them in a plastic bin or canvas bag in your vehicle for easy access. Many of the items you should already have in your home or should come with your car, such as a spare tire. It is also important to not only have a car emergency kit, but also know how to use all the items in the kit. If you don’t know how, have a friend or family member teach you how to change a tire, jumpstart a dead battery, or use sand or cat litter to get a vehicle unstuck on an icy road.
If you’re simply broken down or in a car accident, call Stranded Towing and Roadside Assistance 24/7, and help will be dispatched to your location nationwide. Having an emergency kit can help you stay safe and comfortable until help arrives. Stranded Towing and Roadside assistance is here to help, however emergencies can’t always be avoided. In more serious situations, an emergency car kit can keep you, your passengers, and even other motorists safe.