Roadside emergencies can happen in a flash and having a plan in place for common emergency situations can make it easier to handle adverse conditions, particularly when away from home.
According to MFASCO Health and Safety, a supplier of first aid supplies and car emergency kits, 90 percent of people do not carry first aid supplies or other emergency gear in their vehicles. Among those who may carry emergency car kits, many never check to determine if they’re in good working order. Drivers should always keep emergency car kits in the trunks or cargo areas of their vehicles. Kits should be inspected every six months and worn out items should be replaced.
Roadside emergency kits can make the difference between getting back on the road safely or being stranded for hours. Roadside kits also may help prevent or treat injuries, potentially saving lives. Weather should also be considered when preparing vehicle emergency kits, which should include the following:
- A Properly Inflated Spare Tire and Tire-changing Equipment
- Jumper Cables
- A Multipurpose Utility Tool and/or Tool Kit
- Flashlight and Batteries
- Flares or Triangle Reflectors
- An Extra Quart of Motor Oil
- First-Aid Kit
- A Blanket
- A Tire Pressure Gauge
- Paper towels
- Nonperishable, high-energy foods and drinking water
- A reflective vest
- Duct tape
- A Fire Extinguisher
- An Ice Scraper
- Coolant and Washer Fluid
- Phone Charger
- Baby/Child Supplies (if pertinent)
It is also important to always keep roadside emergency kits organized. Store items securely in a milk crate, box, or backpack so they are always readily available. People should familiarize themselves with the items in the roadside emergency kit, so they know how to use them correctly and quickly.
With some planning and organization, drivers can have the supplies they will need to make it through roadside emergencies safely.