Although we can’t always be prepared for everything, there are often things that we can do to help ourselves in the event of an emergency. An emergency can happen anywhere – even while driving. So while we cannot always expect to find ourselves in an urgent situation, we can at least prepare for it. Here are 7 important items that you should always keep in your car.
1. First Aid Kit
One of the most important items to always have on hand – including in your car – is a first aid kid. First aid kits contain many helpful items, such as bandages, gauze, antibiotic cream, and more. You can choose to purchase a premade kit or to customize your own.
2. Warm Clothing and Blankets
For those of us who live in regions of the country that grow colder during certain months of the year, it is very important that you have a way to warm up in your car in a situation where you are stuck without a running heater. In order to prepare for such a situation, you can keep warm clothing such as sweaters and sweatshirts or even blankets and sleeping bags in your vehicle. These items can also serve various other purposes (e.g. to dry off) if need be.
3. Water Bottles
Since we cannot fit every little thing in our vehicle, items that serve multiple purposes are extremely valuable. One such is a water bottle. Water bottles are helpful since not only can you hydrate yourself by drinking the water, but you can also clean oil off of your clothes if you’ve been changing a tire, and you can even use it to cool off an overheating radiator.
4. Spare Tire
As mentioned, it is possible that you may have to change a tire. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for your tires to ride over something sharp and become punctured. When that happens, having a spare tire is imperative; so too is knowing how to change one. Keep in mind that you will also need the proper tools to change it.
5. Tool Kit
Just as changing a tire requires certain tools, there are certain circumstances in which having various tools on hand can help you out of a serious situation. Consider keeping the following tools in your vehicle:
- Brake Fluid
- Duct Tape
- Tire Gauge
6. Jumper Cables
Unfortunately, when we forget to do something as simple as turn off our headlights, it can run – and ultimately kill – your battery. Jumper cables can help to get your vehicle started again. You will need someone else’s vehicle to help you. Simply attach them to the correct terminals of their battery and follow instructions.
7. Emergency Flares
We cannot always predict when and where our cars will break down. Sometimes this can happen in remote or dangerous locations. By placing flares around your car, you can help to draw the attention of others to you and your vehicle.
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