Packing an emergency driving kit for your vehicle

Emergency vehicle kit

Whether you’re going on a long trip or just driving in town, it is always a good idea to have an emergency driving kit in your vehicle. Breakdowns and accidents can always happen, so it’s really important to have the items you might need at a moment’s notice in your trunk.

What to pack in your emergency driving kit

Some of the things you pack in your emergency driving kit will depend upon what the weather is like in your area. For instance, you probably don’t need an ice scraper in Florida or Hawaii. Packing for the size and age of your family is also recommended. If you have small kids and dogs, pack toys, diapers, dog treats, and a water bowl.

The following are the basics recommended for most emergency driving kits:

  • First Aid Kit: Some items to include are:
    • Band-Aids
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Antibiotic ointment.
    • Bug spray
    • Aspirin and/or Tylenol
    • Cotton balls
    • Gauze pad.
    • Tweezers
    • Bandana
    • Ace bandage
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • Surgical tape
    • Scissors
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Rain ponchos
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Rags
  • Baby wipes
  • Drinking water and non-perishable snacks
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Blankets

Other items recommended to keep on hand is your cell phone charger, cash, things to keep you entertained, in case you have a long wait, and a clean empty refillable gas container.

Lastly, before heading out on a long trip, always make sure you check all the fluids in your car: oil, antifreeze, and transmission fluid, and always make sure your car is in good shape (tires, brakes, etc.).

You never think you may need these things, but you never know. It’s best to have at least the minimal on hand, like the first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, road flares and some water, just in case. Hope you never need them!

Just wanting you to be safe out there!

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