Whether you are planning a summer road trip or travel the interstate frequently, a car emergency kit comes in handy. With roadside assistance offered with most auto insurance plans, motorists are often lulled into a false sense of security. Traveling through areas without adequate cell phone service or finding yourself stranded in a remote location where emergencies services may not arrive promptly are all scenarios where a preparedness kit becomes a lifesaver.
Creating a DIY Car Kit
Expensive pre-packed kits usually contain common items you already have at home. You can save money by packing your own kit into a Bankers Box. Here are some essentials you should have.
- First-aid kit-Prepare for injuries away from home with a first aid kit containing adhesive tape, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, a compress and pain relievers
- Fire extinguisher-U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires per year. Keeping a fire extinguisher in your roadside kit can minimize damage to your car and prevent fire-related injuries
- Reflective warning triangles-while most emergency kits contain one reflective triangle, AAA recommends at least three set at least fifty feet apart to warn oncoming traffic
- Foam tire sealant– changing a tire on a busy highway can be dangerous. Foam tire sealant makes the temporary repair faster and safer
- Jumper cables– after flat tires, most incidents of stranded vehicles involve dead batteries. Jumper cables are a quick fix that can prevent a long wait for a roadside assistance rescue
- Flashlight and batteries– extra light on dark roadsides become essential for alerting other drivers and also helping you access supplies in your trunk if your battery has died.
- Duct tape-many minor repairs can be made with duct tape. A single roll in your Bankers Box kit can repair broken mirrors or secure a damaged bumper temporarily until you can get to a repair shop
- A warm blanket-when traveling through cold climates, the possibility of stalling increases. A warm blanket helps prevent hypothermia until help arrives
- Drinking water– when help is delayed, a supply of water bottles can help with thirst, especially when traveling through desert regions
- Rain poncho-getting stuck in the mud only gets worse when you are being soaked by a rainstorm. Be prepared with a rain poncho so you can focus on getting your car back on the road
- Cat litter– Whether it be mud or snow, cat litter is the perfect hack for giving your car tires the traction they need to get out of a rut
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