Nobody likes facing with an emergency situation while driving on the road. But the sad fact is that it will happen sooner or later. The smart thing to do is to make some preparation now just in case it will happen sooner than later.
An emergency car kit can has plenty of tools and gadgets but for most occasions a basic emergency car kit would suffice. So what do you need in the emergency kit anyway? The following is a list of tools you will definitely need to include in the kit.
1. First Aid Kit
A good first aid kit only costs about $20. This is a very important emergency item to have in your car. It lets you care for small injuries and stop them from getting too serious for you to be able to seek medical help. Make sure the first aid kit has an easy-to-understand instruction booklet. You could also buy a separate first aid kit reference guide for $6 but make sure you keep that in the first aid kit box.
2. Jump Starters
Dead batteries can be a real pain so keep a reliable jump starter handy in the trunk. I won’t suggest getting a jumper cable since that thing requires you to wait for another driver to help you charge the batteries. Relying on something that may or may not be there when you need it is not a good thing. Buy a jump starters with a 12V power outlet so you can keep your cell phones charged too.
3. Battery Chargers
Buy an extra charger for you cell phone and keep it in your car. Just imagine your car broke down in the middle of nowhere, your cell phone battery is dead and there isn’t a single car in sight. That’s not good at all. Keep a cell phone battery charger handy so you can hook it up to the jump starter.
If you already carry a toolbox in your car it most likely has some pliers in it. But just to be sure check if you have at least a tongue-and-groove and a needle-nose plier. You’re going to need them for dealing with battery clamps, bending wires or reaching into hard-to-reach places.
5. Rubber Gloves
These are important to protect your hands from injuries or at least reduce the chance of injuries when you do some minor repairs on your car. When you’re already in an emergency situation you really don’t want to make things worse.
6. LED Flashlight and Lantern
LED flashlight and lantern are more durable that their light-bulb companions so when it comes to emergency situation they are more reliable. You’re going to need these to check the engine at night time or to see what’s under the car.
7. Yellow Rain Coat
Make sure you put a decent rain coat in the emergency car kit. Just in case you’re stuck in bad weather and need to get out of the car. And make sure it’s yellow. It’s make you stand out even when visibility is low.