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Be prepared for anything with a Car Emergency Kit!

How to make a Car Emergency Kit

Being prepared can help alleviate some of the stress in emergency situations. That’s why we recommend you have an emergency kit stashed in your car to help you be prepared should the worst happen. Check out these lists of items to include in your emergency kit!

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Items to include in Car Emergency Kit

There are a few types of kits you can make and stash in your car to help you be prepared. One is more geared toward car issues that could arise, like a flat tire or getting stuck in a snowy ditch, while the other is geared toward first aid and personal safety items! Items to include for car-related issues include:

  • LED flashlights/headlamps
  • Emergency radio
  • Reflective emergency blanket/vest
  • Duct tape
  • Fleece blankets
  • Tarp
  • Paracord/rope
  • Extra batteries
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Work gloves
  • Collapsible bag or backpack
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangles
  • Pepper spray
  • Whistle
  • Winter clothes (seasonal – can be removed in warm months)
  • Shovel (seasonal – can be removed in warm months)

Items to include in a Personal Emergency Kit

It is also a good idea to have an emergency kit that includes personal items that can help if any people in your car become injured. Items for a personal emergency kit include:

  • Personal medications
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages in a variety of sizes and shapes
  • Gauze pads in a variety of sizes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Latex (or nonlatex) gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine protection
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Bottles of water
  • Walking shoes

Having these items stored in your vehicle, organized in a container in your trunk or in the rear seat for easy access can help you in the event of an accident or emergency. Before any long-distance trips, you should also bring your vehicle in for a service appointment to make sure it is running smoothly. For all your automotive needs, come to Palmen Motors today!