Checklist: How to Make an Emergency Roadside Kit
Posted on September 26, 2017 by Jeff Greenwald

Does your car's warranty include free roadside assistance? While helpful, roadside assistance gives drivers a false sense of security so it's best to also have a Roadside Emergency Kit.

The fact is that breakdowns can happen anywhere at anytime. What would you do if you broke down in the middle of the night? What if the area lacked cell phone reception? What if your tire goes flat or blows out?

From flat tires to dead batteries, car emergencies are often unavoidable. Even with today's advanced vehicle technology, these emergencies are also unpredictable.

Having an emergency roadside kit isn't something you think about until you need it. In fact, more than 40% of drivers don't have an emergency kit.

No matter if you're driving across the country or just a few miles, having an emergency kit is a must.

Don't leave yourself vulnerable on the road! Keep reading for 7 must-have items in an emergency roadside kit.

1. First-Aid Kit

Accidents happen, especially if you have young kids. Before heading off, be sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit in your car.

The first aid kit should have:

  • Band-aids
  • Gauze pads
  • Medical gloves
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Aspirin

2. Jumper Cables

Dead batteries are extremely common. Jumper cables can get your car back on the road quickly even if your battery is dead.

Be sure that the cables you choose are at least 10 feet in length. They should also be coated with 8-gauge rubber for safety.

3. Food and Water

In the event that you are stranded, food and water are a must. Pack at least six bottles of water in your emergency roadside kit.

You'll also want to include non-perishable snacks. Protein bars, dried fruit, and nuts are good choices.

4. Weather-Tailored Items

Your travel kit will change throughout the year. You'll also want to tailor your kit to the environment that you're traveling to.

In the summer, your emergency kit should include items that will keep you cool. Items such as lightly-colored clothing and a battery-powered fan are a must.

In the winter, you'll want to swap out those items. In place of those, pack:

  • An ice scraper
  • Heavy clothing
  • Blanket
  • Pair of gloves

5. Flashlight

If you breakdown in the middle of the night, you'll need a good source of light. Purchase a high-quality flashlight to include in your emergency kit.

Ensure you also have extra batteries or a hand crank-able flashlight that doesn't require a battery.

6. Reflective Warning Triangles

Some cars come with flares or warning triangles. However, it's recommended to have three triangles. This way other drivers are properly warned of your immobile car.

Each triangle should be placed about 50 feet apart.

7. Small Toolkit

Sometimes breakdown issues can be fixed with everyday tools. Purchase a small toolkit that includes:

  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrench

Your toolkit should also include a pocket knife.

Emergency Roadside Kit: Wrap Up

Roadside emergencies happen. Be prepared with a well-stocked emergency kit to keep you safe while on the go.

In combination with a roadside kit, ensure your vehicle has a warranty. You can purchase a car warranty no matter if your car is brand new or used.

At Warranty Direct, we have 30 years of experience providing reliable and comprehensive coverage.

We know the importance of having your car covered! No matter how well you take care of your car, machines break down eventually.

Contact us today to find a warranty that's ideal for you.

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