Even though we’re quite pleased that more and more people are creating emergency kits for their home, the one thing that we’ve noticed is that not everyone is keeping an emergency kit in their car. And we find that to be quite disconcerting because many people spend a considerable amount of time in their cars and while they’re in their cars, they are by no means immune to having an emergency. That’s why everyone needs to have a vehicle emergency kit.
A properly designed and assembled vehicle emergency kit will give the driver all of the tools they might need to navigate any emergency. Regardless of whether their car is disabled by a blown tire or due to weather, a proper vehicle car kit will help the driver until they can secure help. With that being said, below are some tips for our readers on how they can assemble their vehicle emergency kit.
Creating A Vehicle Emergency Kit
Before we begin talking about some of the items that might be found in an emergency kit for the car, we would like to state that the following recommendations are just that—they’re only recommendations. It’s up to our readers to think about our recommendations and then put them into practice in a way that best suits their individual needs.
Essential Tools For The Car
First, we’d like to talk about some of the tools that we feel car owners should keep in their vehicles regardless of circumstances. Just about anything can happen to a vehicle while it’s out on the road including blown tires, broken serpentine belts, and even coolant looks, so car owners should keep a fully equipped toolbox in their vehicles, along with a fully function jack and tire iron. Let’s examine the basic tools every car’s toolbox needs.
- Spare Tire
- Jack & Tire Iron
- Jack Stands
- Pen Light Or Flashlight
- Zip Ties
- Socket Set
- Pair Of Pliers
- Nut Drivers
- Wire Strippers
- Tie-Down Straps
- Adjustable Hose Clamps
- An Extra-Serpentine Belt
- Portable Car Jump Starter
- Jumper Cables
- Seatbelt Cutter
- Window Smasher
- Road Flares
- Work Gloves
- Extra Fuses
- First Aid Kit
- A Multi-Function Shovel
- Duct Tape
- Extra Oil
- Windshield Wiper Solution
- Extra Antifreeze
Summer Equipment For The Car
Now that we have a basic minimum for our vehicle emergency kit, it’s time to add to it to our vehicle kits some of the add-on items that enable consumers to customize according to their needs. In this section, we’re going to be talking about some of the items that consumers can add to their basic kit for summer-time use.
- 1-Gallon Of Water Per Person
- Reflective Emergency Blanket For Shade
- Mosquito Repellent
Winter Equipment For The Car
The next few things that we want to talk about are some of the items that can be added to a vehicle to ensure that it’s ready for winter road conditions. Some of the items in the following list are designed for drivers who expect to drive in snow or icy conditions, so if the driver lives in an area where those don’t apply, then they should adjust it according to their needs.
Checklist For Safe Driving
Now that we’ve gone over building a proper vehicle emergency kit, it’s time for us to turn our attention to the car itself. If the driver wants to ensure that they’re safe out on the road, then they’re going to want to make sure that they not only keep up on the car’s maintenance schedule but also do an inspection of their car before they take a long trip. Below are some of the things that drivers are going to want to consider for both general maintenance and final checks before road trips.
General Car Maintenance Checklist:
- Check Oil & Coolant Every Month
- Change Oil According To Manufacturer’s Instructions (Every 3,000 5,000 Miles)
- Replace Air Filter After 15,000 To 30,000 Miles
- Check Tire Pressure & Tread Depth Regularly
- Check Headlights & Other Lights Monthly
- Rotate Tires With Every Oil Change
- Regularly Check Transmission Fluid
- Have Shocks & Struts Examined Every 50,000 Miles
- Replace Spark Plugs Every 50,000 To 100,000 Miles
- Replace Windshield Wipers 1-2 Times A Year
- Examine Serpentine Belt Regularly
- Remove Corrosion From Battery Terminals Regularly
- Flush Radiator Regularly
Long Road Trip Check List:
Even though the car is going to be in good condition if the driver has kept up with their general car maintenance, drivers are still going to want to do a lengthy check of their car’s systems before they take it out on a long road trip. Below are some of the things to consider before driving the vehicle on long road trips to minimize the change of an unpleasant break down ruining your trip.
- Check & Air Up Tires
- Change Oil & Oil Filter
- Take Stock Of Emergency Vehicle Kit
- Change Air Filter
- Check Cabin Air Filter
- Make Sure Spark Plugs Don’t Need To Be Changed
- Check The Air In The Spare Tire
- Check To Make Sure Jack, Tire Iron And Jack Stands Are In Car
- Make Sure Vehicle Has Sufficient Coolant
- Check Horn, Brake Lights & Turn Signals
- Check Headlights
- Check Wipers & Washer Fluid
- Make Sure Jumper Cables Are Packed
It’s also a good idea for a person to keep a spare car key on them just in case they lock their car keys in their car.
COVID-19 Vehicle Preparations
In this day and age, it’s practical for drivers to pack some things to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Things that will help to keep them safe when they go into stores or fuel up at the gas station. These items include:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Clorox Wipes
- N95 Masks
- Nitrile Gloves
Please Note: Do not leave hand sanitizer in your vehicle, especially during the summer months. UV radiation from the sun or heat buildup in the vehicle can cause the hand sanitizer to ignite and do significant damage to the vehicle. Remember, hand sanitizer is a solution that contains alcohol concentrations more than 62%, so always remove it from the vehicle when you’re not actively using the vehicle.