These emergency supplies will save you in a pinch!
While most everyone drives with the intention of staying safe, sometimes emergencies do happen and it’s important to be ready if an emergency does happen on the road. Having these emergency supplies in your car, ready to go might be life-saving.
- An inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack- Having the proper items to fix a flat tire will help you save time and keep you safe on the road. Learn how to change a tire here.
- Jumper cables- Jumper cables are important to have when your battery dies at that inconvenient moment, you also might be able to help another person in need of a jump.
- Toolkit and/or a multipurpose utility tool
- Flashlight and extra batteries- If your tire pops in the evening or if you break down, having a flashlight is critical.
- Reflective triangles and brightly colored cloth to make your vehicle more visible- These items are inexpensive, but will warn other drivers you are on the side of the road if you break down.
- Compass- This might make you say “huh” but if you are in an area with no service or your phone dies, it will be helpful to have a sense of your direction
- First aid kit- Have gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and an instant cold compress.
- Nonperishable Foods- Such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
- Drinking water
- Reflective vest- In case you need to walk to get help.
- Car charger for your cell phone- If you need to call for help, you will want your phone charged.
- Fire extinguisher
- Duct tape- Always good to have on hand.
- Rain poncho- In case you break down and it is raining- a poncho can make it slightly more tolerable.
*Bonus Reminder* Keep family and emergency phone numbers, including your auto insurance provider and a towing company, and injury attorney in your phone.