VEHICLE EMERGENCY KIT YOU MUST HAVE!
TOP MUST HAVE EMERGENCY KIT ITEMS FOR YOUR VEHICLE
You are driving on a long stretch of road in the middle of no where and your vehicle breaks down. What do you do? Are you prepared? Is your cell phone charged in order to make an emergency call for roadside assistance? If your stranded in the middle of nowhere and help isn’t coming soon, hopefully you have the necessary items in your vehicle that will help you survive your time of distress. These are just a few of the many possible scenarios that can create an emergency situation while in your vehicle. The severity of the emergency depends on factors such as: extreme weather conditions, natural disasters, and physical safety in your immediate environment.
According to Element Fleet’s site safety tip blog; there are different categories that your vehicle emergency preparedness kit can be separated in to. these categories are as follows:
VEHICLE EMERGENCY NECESSITIES
These items are necessary to have in situations where your vehicle will not start, flat tire or a quick fluid fill-up:
Coolant and motor oil
Spare tire, jack and lug wrench
Tire pressure gauge
Backpack or duffle bag in case you have to leave your vehicle and take necessities with you.
FIRST AID SAFETY ITEMS
Here is a list of items for emergencies that can include physical injury, vehicle fire, entrapment or natural disaster.
First aid kit including band-aids, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze, and other first aid essentials.
Tool kit with items like screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench, and duct tape
Cell phone car charger/portable charger
Flashlight with extra batteries
Compass and Maps for areas with no wifi
Bottled water (keep it stored in glass if possible and change it out every few months)
High calorie and protein foods such as peanut butter, and MRE’s (meal ready to eat) packs that can also be purchased online or at many outdoor supply stores.
WINTER DRIVING ESSENTIALS
For those living in areas that get winter snow or who live in the mountains, driving can be extremely dangerous due to wet and icy road conditions that can lead to serious accidents. Snow build-up can also block roads adding to the difficulties of driving in the winter. The items below can definitely be useful if these winter conditions apply to where you live:
Extra clothing and/or a blanket
Sand or Cat litter for tire traction
PURCHASE READY TO GO OR D.I.Y?
There are many options to purchase ready to go emergency packs for your vehicle online as well as large retail chains and outdoor supply stores. Prices can range anywhere from $30 to $350. The major difference in price is the amount of supplies included. A basic supply kit can be used up in a day or two. The more expensive kits can last up to a week if needed.
For the frugal and thrifty folks out there, you can find many of the items in the retail packs around your house and purchase any remaining needed items yourself. The advantage to creating a DIY kit is that you can customize what you need in the kit versus having duplicate of items that come with the retail kit you may already have at home.
STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE!
You may find yourself in a situation where it would be unsafe to leave your vehicle. It may be tempting to want to leave and look for help. Do not leave your car unless it is going to fall off the side of a cliff, on fire or is sinking in water. Your car is now your shelter. Previous automobile emergency statistics have shown that survival rates are higher for those who stay with their vehicle.
VEHICLE PARTS THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Desperate situations can inspire creativity and out of the box thinking. Basic vehicle parts can be utilized to aid in your survival. The car mirrors can be pulled off and used as light reflectors to signal for help. You can also use plastic and oil from the car can be used in a camp fire to darken the smoke to signal for help as well. Be very cautious and conservative when adding oils to a fire. The most obvious way to utilize your vehicle in emergency situations is for shelter from weather conditions such as extreme cold, rain, wind or heat. In hot weather, you can open your doors and drape tarps or blankets over the top of the car and car doors securing with duct tape to create shade. For extreme cold, you can create a camp-fire and place rocks near the fire to heat them up. Place the heated rocks on the floorboards of the vehicle to act as a heater in the car.
Be familiar with your auto policy so you will know what procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Keep a copy of claim procedures in your vehicle at all times. Take time out of your schedule to create an emergency supply checklist for your car and decide where your going to source these items from. You can check the links provided above for checklist ideas or do your own search for more ideas. Just take the steps to be prepared!
Edited by Brandi Montgomery
Arrow Automotive Service