Here we are among swirling leaves, with Jack Frost getting ready to nip at our noses and the Jack-o-lanterns are lighting the way to the colder days and longer nights. We somehow manage our time to put away the beach umbrellas and lawn chairs, some of us may even squeeze in an autumn bar-be-cue, but summer, as we know it, has vanished before our eyes. As we gaze at the beautiful spectacle of the boundless colorful leaves, the bright red apples, the bright blue sky with white puffy clouds we leave behind the warm summer and prepare for winter.
We put away the lawn mower, check the gutters, clean the chimney and have the heating system serviced. We maintain our home so that it will be safe, warm, and protect us from the elements. Some of us have our cars tuned up or have the oil changed and other preventative maintenance tasks performed. You may have three days of food to eat and firewood to keep you warm at home, but if you are in your automobile, are you adequately prepared?
Auto kits, Auto Roadside Kits, Auto Emergency Kits, Auto Survival Kits
Researching roadside emergency kits and auto emergency kits is quite interesting. You may find several similar auto kits, and some kits that are just a waste of space in your car. The following is a recommendation that most emergency disaster preparedness agencies will agree with. Comparable to a home or camping survival kit, an auto emergency kit should meet survival requirements. Be cautious in what you purchase because there is a difference between an auto kit or auto roadside kit which generally only has equipment (jumper cables, reflective markers); and an auto emergency kit that includes survival supplies (food and water, warmth and shelter). What an auto kit contains is what differentiates an auto kit from an auto survival kit, so its contents, while traveling, are of special importance.
Contents of an auto emergency kit should include:
- First Aid Pencil and paper
- Flashlight Batteries
- Food (long-term) Water
- Clean change of clothes Jacket or Coat
- Warmth Contact List
- Emergency cash (about $20.00) Cell Phone
Winter is fast approaching, so in addition to the above minimalist list, you also should be prepared to obtain help in case of an emergency. Swerving and sliding on winter roads can cause your vehicle to go off the road. If it happens on a dark gloomy night, you could be there for quite some time before you may be rescued. A multiple number of scenarios; including weather, road conditions, other drivers and vehicle problems, give rise to another part of a well-planned emergency auto kit.
Major additional contents could include:
These items should also be in a comprehensive auto roadside kit.
- Car Battery Jumper Cables Work Gloves
- Shovel – Multi-Function Reflective Triangle or flares
- Bungee Cord(s) Tire Pressure Gauge
- Duct Tape Tarp
- Phone charger Swiss Army Style Knife
You may also want to consider:
- Ice and snow scrapers Window breaker
- Reflective triangles Whistle
- Rope Hand or Body warmers
- Hygiene kit Cat Litter (for traction on ice and snow)
A comprehensive auto survival kit would include all the items listed above, and in some cases more, as in the family emergency survival kit.
You see, when tragedy happens, you do not know what you may need, or when you may it. If you can, at least prepare yourself for a breakdown, or even a major snowstorm. At best, give yourself the peace of mind knowing that if you have the need to evacuate, you are ready to go with a well prepared auto survival kit.