Many safety officials recommend packing a car safety kit in your vehicle. This is an excellent idea if you are traveling on long trips or are expecting inclement weather. But really, a car safety kit is a good idea at any time of the year. As much as we all would like, we can never predict others’ actions or anticipate weather changes or roadway hazards. Having a car safety kit could be a tremendous help if you find yourself stranded, broken down, or involved in an accident.
What Items do you Need in a Car Safety Kit?
So, you want to prepare a car safety kit but aren’t sure what to pack. We’re here to help! Here are some recommendations for your car safety kit that are relevant no matter where you are traveling or when:
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Cell phone charger and a spare battery
- Solar-powered battery charger
- Simple toolset
- Road flares and/or reflective cones or triangles
- Matches and/or a lighter
- Fire extinguisher
- Cat litter or sand (for traction in icy or snowy conditions)
- Emergency supply kit
For your emergency supply kit, pack the following:
- Emergency blankets
- First Aid Kit
- Masks and hand sanitizer
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable snacks
- Personal hygiene supplies
- Activities for children
The reality is that emergencies never happen at a good time, and we can never predict when they will happen. Therefore, the best way to minimize the risk and danger is to be prepared in advance. By packing a road safety kit and emergency supply kit, you will be ready to protect yourself and your passengers until help arrives.
Remember never to leave your vehicle and attempt to walk to safety if it is cold, raining, snowy, icy, or dark. It doesn’t take long for hypothermia to set in, and you are at a greater risk of injury if you leave your vehicle.