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Create a Roadside Emergency Kit

January 21, 2014 Info Articles

Regardless of the weather conditions, a roadside emergency kit should be a necessity in your car all year long. Every winter I’m reminded of the importance. Indiana has seen its fair share of snow this year, and all of us Hoosiers have witnessed at least one slide off. Most of us carry cell phones, but what happens if you don’t? What if your cell phone’s battery is drained? What if you’re in an area with poor cell phone reception? What would you do?

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You can go to any automotive store and purchase a roadside emergency kit, or you can easily make your own. Here are some basic items to include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Roadside flares or emergency triangles
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil
  • First aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Cell phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Water
  • Extra fuses
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Rags
  • Pocket knife
  • Pen and  paper
  • Tire inflator
  • Tire iron
  • Trail mix or energy bars
  • Emergency phone numbers on laminated card

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.

The possibility 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. Take these recommendations and make your own roadside emergency kit today!

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