Must-Haves for a DIY Car Emergency Kit


DIY roadside emergency kit

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Foam tire sealant– changing a tire on a busy highway can be dangerous. Foam tire sealant makes the temporary repair faster and safer
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. A warm blanket-when traveling through cold climates, the possibility of stalling increases. A warm blanket helps prevent hypothermia until help arrives
  9. Drinking water– when help is delayed, a supply of water bottles can help with thirst, especially when traveling through desert regions
  10. 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
  11. 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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