How To Assemble a Roadside Emergency Kit
Tuesday November 23, 2021
If you drive a vehicle, you should always have a roadside emergency kit kept inside. You never know when your vehicle could break down and leave you stranded on the side of the road. An emergency kit may even help you get your car back on the road depending on the issue. This list may not include everything you’ll need but it is a great start and can always be modified later on.
The items you’ll need will depend on the weather where you live, the condition and age of your vehicle, your driving style and more. If you live in a warm climate with little ice or snow, some items may be unnecessary. Customize your kit so that you feel prepared for any possible situation.
Jumper Cables or Portable Jump Starter
A portable jump starter or jumper cables can be used when your cars battery is too weak to start the engine. We recommend having a battery powered jump starter with cables because it’s always best to be able to start the car without assistance. Nobody wants to flag down cars off the side of the road and if you’re in a remote area, there may not be other cars for miles.
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A flashlight can double as a way to see under your vehicle at night while also being a way to alert rescue crews or other vehicles for assistance. ProPac has a large selection of flashlights to fit your needs.
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First Aid Kit
Many cars come with a first aid kit stock. Check your glovebox and trunk, if you don’t find one you should get one immediately.
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If you’re forced to be in your car overnight and can’t turn it on, a blanket is essential for keeping warm.
A great item for your roadside emergency kit is a tool box, many cars only require simple tools to work on them. The most useful items for a tool kit are screwdrivers, socket wrenches, adjustable wrenches and a pocket knife.
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Tire Inflator and Sealant
If you get a flat tire on the road, it’s important to either seal and re-inflate or change to a spare (if applicable). Tire inflator is an inexpensive item that can save you a lot of time on the side of the road.
This is an item that only applies to those that commonly get snow or ice. We’ve all been there; you’re running late for work or school on a cold morning, and you go outside just to find your windshield covered in ice. Without a scraper, you either have to drive with limited visibility or wait for your car to defrost, wasting precious minutes you don’t have.
Water and Food Bars
Having emergency food and water can help keep you comfortable if stranded in your car.
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Once you have all your items, pack them in a large backpack or box and never remove them from your vehicle. Remember, you don’t always have to fix every situation on the road by yourself. Many insurance plans include roadside assistance and if you don’t have that you can always call the 911 non-emergency line to request assistance from a police officer if you feel like you’re in an unsafe situation.