You’ve got your phone and tunes, a travel mug full of coffee, and (probably) a spare tire in the trunk—but we’re here to talk about your roadside emergency kit. Oh, you don’t have one? Like thousands of other Americans and Kansas Citians, your lack of a car emergency or safety kit is fairly typical. Most drivers don’t even have jumper cables stored in their car, let alone a full emergency kit. You can imagine how problematic that can be, especially in the winter.
Let’s turn your unpreparedness into super-preparedness. Build your roadside kit for winter now using this checklist as a guide. (Printable PDF can be downloaded here.)
A long pair of jumper cables is essential for any emergency car kit. Try to have at least 15-feet of cable to work with—just in case.
You don’t need a fancy medic bag, but your first-aid kit should be well equipped. Include Band-Aids, antiseptic, tweezers, bandages, gauze, super glue, and aspirin. If you have severe allergies, your first-aid kit should also include epinephrine to treat allergic reactions. If you suffer from other common illnesses like diabetes, be sure you have an adequate amount of medications available.
With the snowflakes on the horizon, I want to make sure your vehicle is winter ready! So, let’s take a look inside your car. It’s just as important to protect the exterior of you car as it is under the hood. To start, spend the money and/or time to complete a full detail – wax included. If you think about about the amount of abuse the outside of you car takes in the wintertime; ice, snow and salt, it’s important to have a fresh start. Now moving inside:
- test batteries and electrical system
- tire time (winter tires? all-season tires?- know what you got)
- check and change fluids
- working wipers
- Pocket knife and small tool box
- Jumper cables
- A spare tire and a jack for tire
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- Bottled water
- First aid kit
- An extra set of clothing