What to have in your in-car emergency kit

An in-car emergency kit can make the difference, but what should you carry?

What to have in your in-car emergency kit

Most of us are completely unprepared for unforeseen situations and events, however carrying just a few simple things in your car can prove very handy.

The non-profit Car Care Council suggests putting together a roadside emergency kit so that you can better handle these situations.

The group suggests a small duffle bag or rubber storage tote is ideal for tools and supplies including:

  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Torch with batteries
  • Blankets and extra clothes
  • Non-perishable snacks and bottled water
  • First aid kit, including essential medications
  • Portable USB charger to keep your mobile phone running even if the car is not

“A roadside kit is easy to assemble, not too expensive and extremely useful, plus it could be a life saver in the event of an emergency,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council.

“While it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected while on the road, the best option is to avoid breakdowns and car trouble wherever possible.

“Performing basic maintenance and observing a regular service schedule can help avoid unforeseen road emergencies.”

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