Snow banks at intersections create dangerous driving conditions.
Snow banks at intersections create dangerous driving conditions.
  • Do you have an emergency kit for your car? Ready.gov suggests including the following items in your vehicle emergency kit. We have included a list after the Ready.gov list with some ideas and recommendations that you can incorporate into your auto kit by the emergency disaster preparedness industry.

In our research, we have found that no matter how complete your Auto Emergency Kit is, no kit has every item on these recommended lists. Therefore, whether you build your own auto kit, purchase a pre-assembled kit or want to compare these lists and incorporate the necessary items specific to your liking and needs, you can add or modify the contents of your kit.

The original content of the following list is from Ready.gov. Some modifications are made for clarity and indicated by […].

Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car by Ready.gov

In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including:

  • Basic toolkit: pliers[water pump style], wrenches [crescent or set of standard and metric], screwdriver(s) 4 way, flat head, Philips, torx and/or star type]
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
  • Charged Cell Phone: and car charger
  • Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • [Diaper bag] including baby formula, diapers, [toys] and medication if you have a small child
  • First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications,
  • Flashlights: with extra batteries, [or a hand crank style]
  • Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
  • Manual can opener
  • Pet supplies: food and water[leash, harness and pet coat]
  • Radio: battery or hand cranked
  • Shovel [or Compact MultiFunction Shovel]
  • Water: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days

As a member of the emergency disaster preparedness industry, Just Us Enterprises also recommends adding these items to your kit:

  • Body Warmers
  • Bungee Cords or tie down straps
  • Duct Tape
  • Fuel (gasoline or diesel)
  • Help Flag – to indicate that you need assistance (especially nice to have when there is no signal for the cell phone or when you do not have a phone charger, and the bright orange with black letters are eye catching
  • Leather Palm Work Gloves
  • Oil Funnel and oilHelp Flag
  • Reflective Safety Vest
  • Seatbelt cutter
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Tire Puncture Seal
  • Tow Rope about 10 ft.
  • Window punch
  • Zip ties

Due to the fact that there is a lot of gear, you may want to consider putting everything in a backpack with multiple pockets or a travel/duffel bag. Naturally, you may want to modify the contents as the seasons change, such as changing a winter coat for a three-season coat or the kitty litter (or sand) with additional water, you might add a camp stove with fuel for warmth and/or cooking.

Being prepared for a road emergency with sufficient supplies not only will make an incident less dramatic, it could save a life.

A few other tips for winter:

  • Have plenty of fuel
  • Check the oil
  • Have extra windshield washer fluid
  • Have your antifreeze tested
  • Check the air pressure in your tires
  • Brush off the snow from the roof, trunk and hood of the auto
  • Keep the headlights clear of snow and ice, do not forget the tail lights
  • Plan your trip and avoid unnecessary travel during winter storms

Check out our website, or follow this link to our Auto Emergency Kits.

Remember: “Your own Emergency Disaster Preparedness plan is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.”

For information on how to prepare an emergency plan or to purchase emergency disaster preparedness supplies, contact Just Us Enterprises, a BBB accredited business.

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