Staying prepared is one of the best things you can do to prevent catastrophes. That’s why it is always a good idea to carry a well-stocked roadside emergency kit. Such kits can not only help to save your life, but they can also get you out of a pinch should you have a minor breakdown. Read on to discover what is essential in a roadside emergency kit.
According to Edmunds, you should always pack the following supplies:
- First Aid Supplies – always have bandages and gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic, and cotton balls. Sometimes emergency services are too far away, and you may have to act fast.
- Jumper Cables – carry cables that are heavy-duty and at least 20 feet long. A dead battery is one of the most common types of breakdowns.
- Fix-a-Flat – this tire sealing kit can save you in a pinch. Most are easy to use, but they are not meant for long-term repairs.
- Reflective Triangles – flares will also work, just as long as you have something to alert other drivers to your situation.
- Spare Fluids – carry a gallon of water (which can be used for coolant or drinking), a quart of oil, and transmission fluid.
- Tools – carry pliers, screwdrivers (Phillips and flat), and duct tape. A minor leak can be quickly patched with these tools.
- Blankets – you will appreciate spare blankets if you get stranded in the cold. Hypothermia is a serious concern if you are stranded.
- Flashlight – not only will this help you see, but it is also comforting to have a flashlight if you are stranded somewhere unfamiliar.
These are just some of the basic supplies. Pre-made kits are available; however, you should always check on supplies then add or substitute materials based on your specific needs. To avoid needing to use these tips, visit our Service Department at St. Albert Honda!