Emergency Car Kit

Car Emergency Kit List

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The following list of supplies kept in your emergency car kit will serve you well if an adverse situation arises in your automobile.

Car Safety Kit List

Keep these items in a bag in your trunk:

  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Blanket
  • Booster cables
  • Bottled water and nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter
  • Fire extinguisher (5-lb., A-B-C type)
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Maps, shovel, flares
  • Tire repair kit and pump
  • Spare tire

Winter Emergency Car Kit List

  • A snowbrush and ice scraper
  • A bag of sand to help with traction
  • Extra windshield fluid
  • A blanket, just in case
  • Old winter boots and clothes for the trunk


Winter Driving Tips for Car Safety

  • Keep your gas tank filled above halfway to avoid emergencies in bad weather.
  • Stuck on the ice without sand or cat litter? In a pinch, you can take the mats out of your car, place them next to the tires, and slowly inch the car onto and across the mats.
  • To restore proper windshield wiper blade action, smooth the rubber blades with fine sandpaper to remove any grit and pits.
  • Gently rub a small, moistened, cloth bag of iodized salt on the outside of your windshield to prevent the ice and snow from sticking.
  • Fog-proof your mirrors and the inside of your windshields with shaving cream. Spray & wipe if off with paper towels.
  • Avoid driving when you have the flu, which can reduce your reaction time almost six times as much as moderate alcohol intake. 

If it’s balmy all winter where you live, be thankful that you don’t need all of this stuff! To see if snow and ice are predicted in your area, see your free two-month long-range forecasts or check out your local 7-day forecasts.

Be sure to find out what to have in your emergency supply kit at home.

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Common sense adds

Wooden matches, and old newspaper or magazine, hand sanitizer, chap stick, small bottle of Windex (many uses), paper towels, flashlight, All can be kept in a new paint can (cheap at hardware stores - keep the key in the glove box, center console, or ash tray).

I keep 2 Duraflame logs in my

I keep 2 Duraflame logs in my trunk, you never know how long you may wait for help if you slide off the road.

fully charged unactivated cell phone

unactivated cell phones cost you next to nothing to keep charged in your vehicle and 911 service is a mandatory feature - usually no sim required and triangulation via cell towers can actually assist emergency crews to locate your whereabouts in a life or death situation.

Not to sound paranoid, but a

Not to sound paranoid, but a handgun might come in handy!

A car emergency kit should be

A car emergency kit should be available in worst case scenario - being trapped inside your car. All those items are of absolute no use if placed in the trunk. The only things to be placed in the trunk are shovel, kitty litter, tow rope, etc. Anything required for survival should be placed INSIDE the car and always accessible. That means if you're driving by yourself, the emergency kit should be up front with you and not in the backseat.


Most new cars have access to trunk thru backseat

Things to add to this list:

Things to add to this list: include a first aid kit (bandages, flex tape & quickclot). Roll of ductape, small pocket knife such as the Buck Rescue Knife (can break glass and cut seatbelts), small can with candle and matches, rotate a small stash of medicine you might need, extra pair of regular prescription glasses, add one or two cheap Cree Ultrafire Q5 3 mode flashlights $4/$5 each. See other common sense ideas at www.commonsensehome.com

I have heard of the candle

I have heard of the candle and lighter.When a lighter gets cold it will not light,you will have to get it warm by putting it close to your body to warm it up before it will light.A tin can to put your candle in would make a good little stove to keep you warm and it would be safer as far as keeping your car from catching on fire or getting melted wax everywhere.

A candle and lighter in your

A candle and lighter in your survival kit. A little warmth from the lit candle will help take away a bit of the chill.

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