Why You Need a Car Emergency Kit

Emergencies can be a huge drain on your money and energy. While we can’t prepare for everything, taking some time to get things ready can be a boost when something bad happens.

If you haven’t already, take some time this week to get your car kit ready.

Learn how you can quickly and easily assemble a car emergency kit so you're not stranded on the side of the road!

Roadside Breakdown

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 every few months to make sure my car is roadworthy and my kit is handy.

Car Emergency Kit Shopping ListLearn how you can quickly and easily assemble a car emergency kit so you're not stranded on the side of the road!

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
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Fix-a-Flat
  • Jumper Cables
  • Rags/Old T-shirts/Paper Towels
  • 2-4 15 min. Road Flares
  • 1 or 2 Qts of Oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Screwdrivers, pliers, wrench
  • Duct tape
  • Ice scraper
  • Car Jack
  • First aid kit
  • Blanket

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 get started and build up little by little.

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.

Your Take on Car Emergency Kits

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?

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