What items should be included in an emergency car kit?

What are some good items to have in an emergency kit? I just bought my first car. I want to make sure I am prepared in case of an accident or other emergency.

Answer provided by
Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 13, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
“If you’re looking to add an emergency kit to your vehicle, you should consider looking into premade kits. Many automotive companies, like AAA, make their own kits. Stores that specialize in outdoor or sports equipment are also a great place to look for kits.
If you’re looking to make your own, you’ll want some basic items to start. This includes:
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Triangle reflectors or LED flares
  • Blankets
  • Took kit
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire
After you’ve collected these items, you can start looking into more specialized items. If you live in cold weather, an ice scraper or extra washer fluid may be important. Having granola bars or non-perishable food will also help in an emergency.
In addition to a good emergency kit, you should consider a roadside assistance plan or membership. It can provide extra protection in case of an emergency.”

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