What to Keep in Your Car’s Emergency Kit | Christian Brothers Automotive, West Wichita

What to Keep in Your Car’s Emergency Kit | Christian Brothers Automotive, West Wichita

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

Regardless of where you are going or how long you expect it to take you to get there, keeping an emergency kit in your car at all times is extremely wise. Americans spend over 290 hours driving their cars each year according to a recent report, and between traffic jams, bad weather and other unforeseen circumstances, there is a chance that you might be forced to endure an emergency situation in your vehicle at some point.

Fortunately, by packing a car emergency kit, you can be prepared for any situation that you may be facing in your vehicle. Whether you have to pull off due to severe weather, are trapped in a winter storm or are caught off guard by an emergency situation and lack the means to get supplies, a well-stocked car emergency kit can be a great way to keep you and your family safer.

What Should Be In My Car’s Emergency Kit?

A car emergency kit should be designed for any scenario you are likely to face, whether it be weather-related or another catastrophe. The following are some general guidelines for how to stock your kit, but things such as medication, specialty items and specific provisions might also be wise to carry should your situation necessitate it.

Officials recommend packing these items in a duffle bag, plastic tote or other durable container for safekeeping in your car’s trunk or hatch space. Here are the recommended items to stock your emergency kit with:

  • Flashlights, flares and extra batteries
  • Nonperishable foods, such as granola bars
  • Sealed water bottles or gallon jugs
  • Emergency blankets
  • Cat litter or sand to assist with road traction
  • A map and compass
  • Ice scrapers
  • Jumper cables
  • A portable phone charger
  • A first-aid kit
  • Sanitizing wipes, paper towels and toilet paper
  • Motor oil and coolant
  • Basic tools
  • A tire pressure gauge

Our main goal is to keep you safer on the road, which is why we are proud to offer free Courtesy Inspections. If you need your car inspected before embarking on a trip or just as you drive around town, we are here to help. Book with us today to get started.

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