Be Prepared: Car Essentials in Case of Emergency

In case of an emergency or minor car trouble, however, your vehicle should be equipped with necessary tools and supplies to protect you while you wait for roadside assistance, or until you can reach an auto repair shop. With the support of our checklist essentials, you can be prepared and self-sufficient until help arrives.

Glove Box Essentials

  1. Owner’s manual
  2. Insurance card
  3. Vehicle registration
  4. Contact information to roadside assistance provider

Trunk Essentials

  1. Spare tire
  2. Tire jack and gauge
    Check your tire pressure frequently with a quality pressure gauge. Poor pressure can affect your brakes, gas mileage, and overall wear and tear on your car.
  3. Battery operated air pump
  4. Bottled water
  5. Blankets
  6. Flashlight
  7. First aid kit
    Your kit should include a variety of materials, including bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain medicine, protective gloves, and gauze dressing.
  8. Basic tool kit
  9. Jumper cables
    Choose heavy-duty, high-quality jumper cables. Many jumper cables are too short, too thin, or not flexible during cold weather. Make sure the cables you purchase are at least 20 feet long and four gauges thick. Cables made of copper offer the least resistance.
  10. Tire sealant
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