Convenient access to roadside assistance is one of the many great things about living in the 21st Century. It shouldn’t be a substitute, however, for being personally prepared for a roadside breakdown or other minor vehicle emergency.
Being prepared starts with a vehicle emergency kit, which you can keep tucked in the back of your trunk. You can buy comprehensive vehicle emergency kits online or at auto parts or auto supply stores. Pre-packaged kits are usually inexpensive, ranging in price from $20 to $80.
You can also assemble your own, which may save you money if you already have some of the items that should be included – which brings us to the question of what should be included in a vehicle emergency kit.
Here are 12 essentials to have in your vehicle emergency kit:
- Smartphone Charger
- Jumper Cables
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- Water and a Non-Perishable Food Item
- First-Aid Kit
- Warm Blanket
- Windshield Ice Scraper
- Duct Tape
- Foam Tire Sealant
- Reflective Safety Vest
- Reflective Warning Triangles
Of course, for even greater peace of mind, you could add several more items to your vehicle emergency kit. The list above is by no means conclusive. But we want you to stay safe on and off the road, and taking precautions with a basic vehicle emergency kit with these 12 items is a great starting point!