Must-Haves In Your Car Emergency Kit

No matter how careful you are and how many times you have your car checked, breakdowns are bound to happen. And let’s face it, they usually strike at the most inconvenient times. Having a roadside emergency kit can ease the pain and hassle of unpredictable breakdowns. Use this checklist to make sure you never get stranded without the essentials!

  • Car Manual, Contacts & Insurance Details – Your car’s manual, a business card for your auto repair shop, a number for AAA, and car insurance claim forms. Having these details written down somewhere in your car is useful for break downs and accidents.
  • Mobile Phone Charger – Being stranded without a mobile device is simply unheard of in this day and age, so make sure you have a charger in your car!
  • Road Map – We tend to rely heavily on GPS’s, so what should happen if your battery dies or you lose service? Always have a road map in the car just in case!
  • First-Aid Kit – You should have an assortment of Band-Aids, adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptics wipes or cream, and an ice pack.
  • Fire Extinguisher – This should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association.
  • Reflective Warning Triangles – You should have three triangles in order to place them 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic far enough in advance.
  • Spare Tire – Many vehicles come with a spare tire. Check it frequently to make sure that the air pressure is correct.
  • Tire Gauge – Tire air pressure should be checked regularly. Don’t forget to check the spare tire air pressure as well!
  • Car Jack – This is needed in order to raise the car to change a flat tire.
  • Foam Tire Sealant – This can be a quick, easy fix to repair a flat without changing the tire.
  • Jumper Cables – Dead batteries happen to the best of us. Cables should be at least 10 feet long and coated in at least 8-gauge rubber.
  • Flashlight – Breaking down at night can make it difficult to change a flat tire or see what’s going on under the hood. Always have a flashlight with extra batteries in your car!
  • Duct Tape – A roll of duct tape can go a long way and can be used for almost anything!
  • Water
  • Snacks

In The Winter

  • Blanket – If you should break down in the middle of the winter, you want to be prepared for any weather.
  • Snow Shovel – Snow shovels come in handy when you get stuck in snow or ice.
  • Windshield Ice Scraper – These will put you out a few bucks, but it will make clearing your windshield much easier and faster than with the old credit card trick.
  • Salt – When getting suck on ice, throwing a small amount of salt under the tires can help create traction and get your car moving along.

If you ever should break down and need a tow or general auto repairs, call Marblehead Collision at 781-631-2218!

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