Winter is just around the corner. Odds are you've scheduled your appointment to put on your winter tires, or, if you're ahead of the game, they're already installed and ready for snow! But winter tires aren't the only thing you need to be prepared...
Winter is just around the corner. Odds are you've scheduled your appointment to put on your winter tires, or, if you're ahead of the game, they're already installed and ready for snow! But winter tires aren't the only thing you need to be prepared as we move into the winter season. You're emergency car kit needs to be prepped for any situation you might encounter.
We've compiled our list of the six must-have items in your emergency car kit for you. This doesn't mean that we don't think all the other tools aren't important. But if you're on a tight budget or you're just starting to put together a kit, here are the first six items you should add!
A First Aid Kit
The most essential part of any roadside situation is YOUR safety. Whether you knick yourself while changing a tire or you burn yourself on a hot engine, while lifting the hood, having a small first aid kit with Band-Aids, Polysporin, cooling gel, and other helpful items will make sure that you're able to deal with all those small scale injuries on the spot without leaving them until you get home.
This is especially important in the winter months when temperatures get colder. If you're stuck waiting for a tow truck or CAA then it's imperative that you can stay warm. Grab a couple of blankets for your kit so that you (and anyone else in the car) can have an extra layer while you wait.
Bottled water is VERY crucial to keep you safe. Staying hydrated is one of the most significant things when you have an acciden and having clean water to clean a cut can be exceptionally valuable. Since it's winter and it's cold outside keeping the water in your trunk might cause it to freeze so it's good to have even one small bottle in your glove compartment where it is more likely to thaw a bit while you're driving. At a minimum you'll have access to that bottle in an emergency situation.
If you're broken down on the side of the road while it's snowing you want to make sure that you're visible to other people passing by and to the emergency crews or tow truck coming to help. LED flares and reflectors are great for outside of the car and can be a huge resource when signaling to other vehicles. For inside, having a small flashlight to help you find items at night can be a big help too!
This doesn't need to be a big toolkit like the one you might have in your garage or basement. A small toolkit with the essentials can be great in a sticky situation. Items like a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, tire pressure gauge, or a pocket knife can be useful if you need to cut a seatbelt or check your tires. A toolkit, no matter what size, can give you a little extra control in a situation where you need a quick fix.
Sometimes your emergency might be something as simple as your car not starting at the grocery store. Normally you can't get far without finding someone in the parking lot who has a set of jumper cables but rather than go through the hassle of looking, it's much better to be prepared. With your jumper cables you can get a boost from someone else or, as a good Samaritan, can help help someone else if they're in that situation.
It's important to note that these are just the basics. There are so many things that you can include in a car kit that can help you when you're in a bind. From granola bars ro gloves and extra batteries to head lamps, you can add so many items to your emergency car kit that can help you to feel even more confident and secure, everytime you leave your house!