Q: What emergency items should I keep in my vehicle?

July 1st, 2013 by

A: No one ever PLANS to be involved in a roadside emergency, but the truth is, they DO happen. No one is exempt. Here, we’ve put together a list of items that could come in handy. Consider stashing some safety gear in your trunk – just in case!

Jumper cables – Car batteries seem to die at the most inopportune times. Stow a set of cables, and you’ll be prepared to give your car – or someone else’s – an emergency jump.

A flashlight – Unless you never drive at night, you need to consider the fact that emergencies can happen in the dark, too. A versatile flashlight like this could save the day.

Warm blankets – These are a must if you end up stranded on the side of the road in cooler weather. Plus, you may even find that you grab these at sporting events and picnics, too (an added bonus!).

A first-aid kid – Pre-assembled kits are readily available at drugstores, and they are usually quite affordable. You may also choose to assemble a kit of your own.

Water bottles and simple snacks – Under certain circumstances, it’s possible that you could be stuck for a few hours – or worse. Water bottles and granola bars are good items to keep among your emergency gear.