Re-Stock Your Car’s Emergency Kit

In order to be prepared, here is a list of what to put in an automotive emergency kit:

  1. Cell phone charger – This one should be standard issue for most families.
  2. First aid kit – Get one that covers a wide range of potential issues. If you already have one in the car, make sure that it is fully stocked.
  3. Jumper cables- Make sure that they are in the back of the car.
  4. Flashlight – This can be very important if something happens at night. Choose one that is brightly colored and weatherproof. Remember the batteries too!
  5. Road flares- Emergency road flares may not be in your car's emergency kit, but they are a good thing to have at night!
  6. Tire gauge -This should be used regularly to check the pressure in all four tires and the spare. Also, check the pressure after a big change in temperature.
  7. Jack and lug wrench – Check your owner's manual to find out where they are located on the vehicle and how to use them.
  8. Portable compressor and/or tire plug kit – A portable DC-powered air compressor can be used to inflate a tire, and it is especially handy for one that suffers from a slow leak. To fix a puncture, however, you need to have it professionally repaired. (Foam tire sealant can be helpful too.)
  9. Fire extinguisher- Car fires can happen for a variety of reasons. The faster a fire can be put out, the less damage it will cause. Multipurpose dry-chemical fire extinguishers come in a variety of sizes. You should carry a compact unit that's labeled 1A10BC or 2A10BC.
  10. Food and water- Adding a few granola bars or small snacks (with a long lasting life) and some bottled water to the car's emergency kit would also be a good idea. In case you are even stranded inside the car, such as the last winter storm! It's always good to be prepared!