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Must-Have Emergency Kit Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

Updated July 25, 2020 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

No matter how new your vehicle is, it could break down at any time. If the worst happens and you and your passengers are stranded, having an emergency kit could help you stay safe.

A well-stocked emergency kit is an important safety measure you should take for your vehicle. A variety of factors could be responsible for your car breaking down, so it is important to have your emergency kit stocked at all times.

Items to Keep in an Emergency Kit

Here are some things that should be in your emergency kit at all times:

  • A fully charged cell phone, an extra cell phone battery, or a phone charger
  • A first aid kit
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Reflective triangles
  • Water and snacks in case you are stuck in your vehicle for a long time
  • Jumper cables
  • Some tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, and a multipurpose tool
  • Jack and spare tire. These should have come with your vehicle, so make sure that they are still there
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • If you live in cold weather, you need to have a snow shovel, kitty litter, gloves, and a blanket
  • It is a good idea to carry around extra oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and washer fluid
  • Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card

You can go to any automotive store and purchase a roadside emergency kit, or you can easily make your own.

How to Create an Emergency Kit

When creating your own kit, think about everyone in your family who could be with you. If you have small children, think about the items they’ll require. If you travel with a pet, be sure to have extra food and water for them. Especially during winter months, be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full.

It is important to continuously check your emergency kit to make sure that it is well stocked so you are ready in the event of an emergency. When it happens, you will be glad you were prepared.

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

The chance of being stranded for an extended period of time is a terrifying thought. Although unlikely in today’s times, be prepared for any roadside emergencies that are possible.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident, contact an Indianapolis auto accident attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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