What to Include in an Emergency Car Kit

Every time we get behind the wheel we are thinking about a million things. Veteran drivers start to think as road safety as a second nature type of thing, but the truth is, it’s not. Even the most experienced driver can find themselves in an accident or on the side of the road with a flat. Years of driving, and upgrades to how smart our cars get will never make up for unexpected objects in the road, potholes or even a malfunction in the engine. That’s why good drivers always get prepared for what could happen, no matter how confident in their driving are when getting in the car.

An emergency car kit is not mandatory in every car, but you will feel safer with it by your side.


What to Include in an Emergency Car Kit

There is a long list of things that should be packed into a roadside emergency kit for road trips or even just a run to the store. All of these items are to ensure that in case of many different situations, you’re prepared.

  • Roadside Flares
  • Work Gloves or Latex Gloves
  • Jumper Cables
  • Brake Fluid
  • A First-Aid Kit
  • Two Quarts of Oil
  • One Gallon of Antifreeze
  • Extra Fuses
  • A Blanket
  • Flashlights and Batteries
  • A Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Vise Groups
  • Pliers
  • Tire Pressure gauge
  • Duct Tape
  • Wrench
  • Some Rags
  • Paper Towels
  • Washer Fluid
  • Pocketknife
  • Bottled Water
  • Granola Bars
  • Roadside Emergency Service Car

All of the above items are recommended not only by VDA but by the DMV. While there is nothing in the kit to protect you from distracted driving, there is enough to protect you from any other circumstance that may occur. Storing a kit like this in the trunk is very simple and could become a lifesaver in a tough situation.