What to pack in a car emergency kit
If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, the earlier mentioned jump cables become pretty useless if no one else is around. In the event of this, you will need a self-powered jumper cable kit. Many jump starters not only function as a battery booster, but can come equipped with a built-in power bank phone charger and an LED light.
If you were to breakdown on a motorway, or even a rural road, most cars come only equipped with a jack and spare tyre, or a tyre inflator kit. This is to deal with the common breakdown of a flat tyre.
There are many tried and tested tools at your disposal when your car breaks down. We have collected a few tips and ideas to help you stay cool under pressure.
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
A flashlight is one of the most important items in any emergency kit. It helps if you are changing a tyre on the roadside, or trying to flag someone down to help. It is recommended to pack extra batteries, just in case the ones inside of your flashlight do not work, or run out of power.
Fist Aid Kit
First aid kits are useful to have if you’re involved in a minor accident. Most kits come equipped with gauze, bandages, antiseptics and pain relievers. These are all handy items to have around during any road traffic accident.
Jump cables and flashlights are two of the most common items used in emergency kits. A dead battery is less of a problem with a pair of jump cables in the boot. If you need to jump start your car, you can view our article: How to start a car with a flat battery.
Any breakdown is bad news, but having to change a tyre roadside in the rain is even more demanding. While a waterproof poncho won’t save your life, it will certainly keep you dry enough to make those repairs in the rain a little easier.
More common during harsh weather, cars can get stuck at the roadside. It is important to carry tow straps in the event a fellow motorist drives by and offers assistance, or if you’re the one offering the assistance.
A Car Jump-Starter
Stinger USB Emergency Tool
The Stinger USB Emergency Tool is certainly a handy gadget to have close by. In case of an accident, the stinger will shatter windows allowing you to quickly exit the vehicle. The backside of the device incorporates a blade to cut through seatbelts also.