When you are in a situation and need to get out of it, it would really help if you had the right tools. Even just something to improvise with, would be better than nothing. In this article, you will find what you should have in your car at all times!Emergency kits come in 2 types. You can make your own, or buy one. Bought ones also come in 2 types: Self-help and aid to others.
Self-made: If you know your car and know some basic car knowledge, then this choice is right for you. I prefer to make my own kit, as there is some things you need, and some are optional. Here is what I believe to be a good car emergency kit:
- Jumper cables: If you are to carry anything with you in a car, it should be jumper cables. Not only can you be jumped, but you can also help someone else with their “lazy” battery.
- Flashlight: If it is dark out, or you need extra light inside the car, you really need a flashlight. You should have 2. One with batteries, and one that is a crank or shake method.
- Cell phone: Obviously, most people these days carry a cell phone. But it also may come in handy to get an extra, pay-per-use cell phone, rapped in a plastic bag for emergencies.
- Seatbelt cutter/window break: If you find yourself in a “wet” situation, you need some sort of window break/seatbelt cutter within reach. When the car is being submersed in water, the pressures force the doors closed. The window break comes in handy.
- Secret key: Hide a key somewhere on the outside of your car. This is optional, but I always find it very handy if keys are lost. Make sure it is well hidden, but not interfering with the car’s motions.
- Water: Water is both helpful for you and the car. Only in emergency, you can put water in the radiator if there is a leak. It will ruin the lines, and require a flush, but it will work for a bit.
- Gloves: Some sort of gloves are also very important. If you need to work on a car, whether it be hot or something sharp, it helps to use gloves.
- Coolant/oil: Coolant and oil are also very handy if your car gets hot. Coolant for the radiator, oil for the engine. You want to make sure that you get the right type, and keep it sealed in a plastic bag.
- Spark plugs: If you know how to change spark plugs, get a batch for your car. If you replace one, you also have to replace all the others at the same time. This is helpful if your spark plugs get wet.
- Air-horn: An air-horn is helpful for signaling attention.
- First-aid kit: For you and others when in need of medical attention.
- Windshield wipers: If you don’t have windshield wipers in a storm, you are screwed. Plain and simple.
- Car jack: Need this to change a tire.
- Spare tire/repair kit: Some sort of kit or another tire is always helpful.
Now, for some major problems to carry:
- Gasoline: Under no condition should you carry gasoline in you car. Not only is it illegal, if your car catches on fire, you are done for.
- Battery: Same reason for the gasoline, plus the acid can corrode the metals of the car.
Now with the store-bought kits, there are 2 types.
Self-help: Self-help means that…..well…..you are selfish and only want to help yourself in a time of need.
Self and others help: Usually comes with some more supplies, and a bit more advanced first-aid kit.
This is just the basics of emergency kits. You need to find what works best for you. However, if you get everything on the list, you will be in good shape for whatever emergency comes your way.