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Essentials to Keep in Your Car In Case of An Emergency

How to Prepare a Roadside Emergency Kit

Getting stuck on the side of the road is a major inconvenience and, unfortunately, is likely to happen at some point in life. In addition, you will not always get a flat tire, run out of fuel or face a snowstorm in the most convenient places, making it more difficult to get roadside assistance. In those cases, having a well-stocked roadside emergency kit in the trunk of your car can mean the difference between getting back on the road and being stuck overnight. Continue reading this guide to learn how to prepare a roadside emergency kit at home.

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Essential Items to Carry in Your Vehicle

A roadside emergency kit can help you get back on the road quickly or at least make the time waiting for assistance safer and more comfortable. When assembling it, keep in mind that it’s better to be overprepared than miss any essential item. You never know what kind of emergencies you might need to deal with. A basic roadside emergency kit should include the following items:

  • Jumper cables
  • Coolant
  • Motor oil
  • Adjustable wrench and pliers
  • Pocket knife
  • Multi-tip screwdriver
  • Tire inflator and sealant
  • Car jack
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Ice scraper
  • Flares or warning triangles
  • First-aid kit
  • Warm blanket
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Bottled water
  • Long-lasting snacks like granola bars
Young man placing triangle reflector a few feet behind broken vehicle

We recommend storing these items together in an accessible place, such as a cardboard box or a backpack. Before you actually use your kit, it’s important to familiarize yourself with each tool. There is little point in having an emergency kit if you don’t know how to use it. You can also learn how to fix common car issues, like jumpstarting a battery or changing a flat tire, so you can be prepared in the event of such problems.

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AAA points out that the most common calls its roadside service team gets are related to drivers skipping basic maintenance. If you find yourself around Lubbock, TX and want to make sure your car is in optimate condition before going on a trip, contact us at Carizma Motors and schedule a service. We will make sure to get your car running smoothly for your next adventure! Don’t forget to check out our blog for more automotive tips and tricks.