This is from the archives, but I think the information is still helpful.
The best way to save money is to prepare for emergencies. A couple years ago I went to visit my mother and my tire blew out on the road in the middle of the night. We didn’t have flashlights, so we ended up using our cell phones and Nintendo DS Lite to gain some light.
I had a spare tire to put on, but it was a little flat, so we took it to the nearest gas station to fill it up. Now I try to check on the spare tire to make sure it is properly inflated to avoid repeating that scenario.
Emergency Kit Shopping List
What should you grab for your emergency kit? Edmunds has a comprehensive list to get you started. Some items that I think everyone should have:
Milk crate or box to contain your kit
First aid kit
Ice and heat compresses
Flashlight and Batteries
Rags/Old T-shirts/Paper Towels
2-4 15 min. Road Flares
1 or 2 Qts of Oil
Screwdrivers, pliers, wrench
With some time in an afternoon, you can grab most of these items in a couple of shopping trips. To make it easier to prepare for road problems, there are some pre-made emergency car kits to get you started. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have everything, just try to pick up the rest on your next shopping trip. I found a basic emergency kit at Advanced Auto for about $13.
Don’t forget to also be consistent in checking your car’s oil level, tire pressure and wear, washer and brake fluids, and your spare tire. It’ll save you a headache or worse.
Thoughts on Preparing for Emergencies While Driving
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. How prepared are you with an emergency kit? What tips do you have on getting one set up?