June 10, 2014

Emergency Car Kit

Traffic Tip Tuesday: 7 Must Have Items For Your Emergency Car Kit

The summer driving season is here, and that can mean danger on our streets and highways. Create an emergency car kit to deal with unexpected dangers that crop up.

First, include a tire pressure gauge, 12 volt compressor, and foam tire sealant. Maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the most important maintenance items for your automobile. It is also a safety issue because improperly inflated tires can lead to disastrous failure.

Second, include jumper cables for when that interior light gets left on accidentally.

Third, keep your emergency roadside number in the glove compartment for easy access in case you need it.

Fourth, keep a car charger so you can use your phone in an emergency even when your battery is almost empty. Also include a disposable camera if you don’t have camera on your phone.

Fifth, include some cash just in case something you need can’t be bought with a card.

Sixth, make sure to have some drinking water. Roadside emergencies happen at in-opportune time and places. If your car is not operable, you and your passengers may be out in the hot weather.

Seven, keep a first aid kit in your car. Make sure to have one that has an assortment of supplies for cuts, scrapes, and burns. Sunscreen would also be an important supply.

Many other items belong in an emergency car kit. For additional resources, please visit the sites below.