What are some must-have products for a car emergency kit?

I want to pack my own emergency kit for my car, as it's often cheaper or at least more reliable than pre-packaged kits. What are some items I should definitely have in my car emergency kit?

“Car emergency kits are a great way to weather the storm (pun intended) if you get stranded somewhere or your car breaks down.
On top of a AAA membership or a car insurance policy with towing and labor coverage, it’s one of the smartest moves you can make. You can also look into Jerry. Jerry offers industry-leading roadside assistance through Urgently, which pays for an Uber if you need a tow and only costs $50 a year.
If you’re putting together your own kit, make sure to include the following:
  • A quart or more of motor oil
  • Jumper cables
  • Tool kit with basic tools and maybe a pocket knife
  • Tire patching kit
  • First-aid kit
  • Gallon of antifreeze or coolant
  • Non-perishable food items and water
  • Ice scraper
  • Flares or reflectors
Adding these to your trunk should give you a decent start, but you can always add more as you see fit.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 19, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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