How to Create Your Emergency Road Kit

What Do I Need in My Emergency Road Kit

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 8:00 am
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How to Create Your Emergency Road Kit

As the old saying goes, it’s better to have something and not need it than not have something and need it. The same is true when traveling down the open road, as it’s imperative to be prepared for anything. To ensure you’re ready for whatever emergency may rear its ugly head, we’ve prepared these tips for how to create your emergency road kit.

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Emergency Road Kit Items

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Emergency situations will vary greatly depending on your location. But like we said, it’s always best to be prepared for anything. Just because we live in Tampa, Florida, doesn’t mean we won’t run into a snowstorm. The same goes for if you’re traveling up north. It doesn’t mean you won’t run into extreme heat. Our comprehensive list of recommended emergency road kit items includes: roadside flares, a first-aid kit, gloves, jumper cables, fuses, a blanket, a flashlight, batteries, both types of screwdrivers, vise grips, an adjustable wrench, pliers, a tire inflator and pressure gauge, rags, a funnel, duct tape, paper towels, an ice scrapper, a small shovel, triangle reflectors, a pocket knife, bottled water, nonperishable food like granola bars, and extra oil, antifreeze and brake fluid.

Be Prepared

Just like with any emergency situation, practice makes perfect. It’s best to make sure you and anyone who may drive your vehicle are familiar with, and know how to use, everything in your emergency kit. Going through and familiarizing yourself with everything in the kit will ensure it all works properly and help make sure you don’t find yourself in an emergency only to realize you don’t know how to use the one thing that can help. It also helps to bring your car in for regular maintenance.

Other Precautions

Time can seem to speed up during an emergency. Things happen so quickly that your head may begin to spin and you won’t know where to start. First and foremost, move your car as far off the road as you can before beginning to take any emergency measures. Make sure you’re standing far enough off the road when checking things out, too. If it’s dark, make sure you and your car are visible.

No one wants to end up having to use their emergency road kit. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to have one that’s fully stocked, and that you know how to use. If you have any questions, our friendly Brandon Ford staff in Tampa, FL, is always ready to help. Just get in touch with us and we’ll take it from there.

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