In today’s society, having a vehicle is almost a must – especially in areas without an abundance of public transportation. Owning a vehicle gives you the freedom to go where you want, when you want to go.
However, driving a car does not come without its own risks. Automobiles are only machines and they can break down – often at the most inopportune times. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, a roadside emergency kit is essential.
The following items are must-haves for any roadside emergency kit.
- Jumper cables – for jump-starting your car if the battery dies
- Tire repair kit – to make emergency repairs to punctures in your tire
- Tow rope – in case your car cannot be repaired and you need to be towed to the nearest service station
- Flashlight with extra batteries – no one wants to be left in the dark
- Orange cone(s) – to place around your car to warn other motorists that you are on the side of the road
- Gloves – perfect for freezing temperatures
- Rain gear – essential for working on your car in rainy weather
- Blanket – another useful item for freezing temperatures
- Water – necessary, in case help is not quick to arrive
- Zip ties – useful plastic ties that can help make temporary repairs to your car
- Food (granola bars and other items with a long shelf life) – again, necessary in the event of a long wait for help
- First aid kit – necessary for any minor injuries
Within the first aid kit, you should have:
- Rubber gloves
- Cotton balls
- Antiseptic wipes
- Pain relievers (Tylenol)
- Antibiotic cream
With a roadside emergency kit, you have one less thing to worry about – if your car breaks down, you will know that you are prepared for the worst. Preparing a roadside emergency kit takes only a few minutes (once you have all of the supplies) and you can pack the items into any backpack, duffel bag or other carrying case for easy transport.