January 13 2021 – Safety Kits Plus
WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A CAR EMERGENCY KIT IN YOUR VEHICLES
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 6,000,000 reported vehicle accidents each year in the United States. This does not account for unreported accidents and vehicle breakdowns that happen daily to unexpected drivers.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the night, on a dark isolated road, no one in sight with a flat tire, out of gas or with a dead battery. Or you are driving along, and wham, out of know where you get into a car accident. Having a well-stocked car emergency kit in your vehicle may be the key to keep you and your family safe.
A Car Emergency Kit List For Making Your Own Kit
Making your own car emergency kit can be easy. It is as simple as purchasing all of the essential supplies and storing them in a durable bag in your vehicle. But as simple as it may be, most people do not take the time to build their own kits. If you do not have the time or motivation to create your own car emergency kit, then there are plenty of tried and true kits that are readily available for purchase.
It is better to have a kit in your car, than to find yourself in an emergency situation and not have the essential tools or first aid supplies at your disposal. So if you have been putting off making your own kit, just purchase one today for every vehicle you and your family own.
BASIC CAR EMERGENCY KIT LIST OF SUPPLIES TO HAVE IN YOUR VEHICLE:
|+ Heavy Duty Jumper Cables||+ Emergency Whistle|
|+ Air Compressor or Fix-A-Flat Can||+ Duct Tape|
|+ Flashlight||+ Bungee Cords|
|+ Tire Pressure Gauge||+ Shop Cloths|
|+ Reflective Triangle or Road Flares||+ Cable Ties|
|+ Mult-Function Tool||+ Basic First Aid Kit|
|+ Heavy Duty Gloves||+ Emergency Food & Water|
|+ Emergency Poncho||+ Emergency Survival Blankets|
|+ Flat Head and Phillips Screwdrivers||+ Alternative Communication Device|
These essential emergency items will keep you prepared for an unexpected emergency. Additional supplies such as light sticks, folding shovel, emergency radio, batteries, safety vest, distress banners and a tow rope are also great to have when needed.
CONSIDER WEATHER CONDITIONS
Mother nature has a way of reminding us of who is really in charge. Think about the geographic area in which you live when considering what you might need in your emergency kit. Do you live in an area where there is severe weather such as heavy snows, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, or wildfires? You may need specific tools to help keep you safe.
For example, if you live in an area that is prone to harsh winter conditions then you should definitely consider including items like blankets, extra warm clothing, hand warmers, a snow shovel, and an ice-scraper. Check out our list of the best Winter Car Emergency Kits in 2021 here.
PERSONALIZE YOUR CAR KIT
It’s important to keep in mind the personal needs of family members when creating your kit. You may want to have items specific to certain members of your family if they have individual needs. Especially when considering having medications available in the kit. If you or a member of your family require specific medications, you may consider including them in your car kit.
STORING YOUR EMERGENCY ITEMS
Store your supplies in a durable and compact storage unit. Something simple as a sturdy cardboard box might work but heavy-duty duffle bags or backpacks will keep your supplies well organized. The last thing you need is for your supplies to go flying when you hit a pothole or get into an accident. Make sure that you can easily access your car emergency kit.
When you find yourself in an emergency situation it is always important to remain calm and to not panic. It is a good idea if possible to contact someone and let them know your situation. If you cannot reach someone you know contact your roadside emergency service if you have one or call 911 if you do not.
PEPARE FOR A CAR EMERGENCY ON THE ROAD
Next, it is very important to ensure that your vehicle is in a safe place and to make yourself and your vehicle highly visible. This is a good time to put on your hi-visibility safety vest, lift the hood of your car and put on your emergency flashers. Set up your reflective triangles or warning signals to warn oncoming traffic.
Vehicles can be very dangerous so if you are not mechanically inclined and not familiar with auto care it is always best to wait for a professional to assist you. Do not attempt to jump your car or open the radiator of a vehicle if you do not know exactly what you are doing! Check out our article on How To Safely Jump Start a Car Battery for step by step details if you need a jump start.
PREPARE TODAY - SAFE TOMORROW
Take the time on an annual basis to examine the supplies in your car emergency kit. This is a good time to replace any expired items or supplies that have been depleted. Keeping emergency food and water with a 5 year shelf life in your kit is a great idea but alway make sure the items are not expired. Be sure to inform other drivers of the vehicle that the kit is available if they need it.
It is best to always be prepared for the worst case scenarios. Do yourself and your family members a big favor and take the time to make your own car emergency kit today or at least purchase a stock kit that meets your needs. Don't be fooled into thinking it will never happen to you, it can and most likely will at some point! Prepare today and you will be safe tomorrow and you will be glad you did if you ever find yourself in a roadside emergency.