Even if you’re a safe driver, situations where you need an emergency kit on hand can happen to anyone. Whether you primarily use your car for road tripping or commuting to work, a basic car emergency kit can come in handy if your vehicle experiences a breakdown or if you’re in a car accident. Make sure your car emergency kit contains the following must-have items.
A dead battery can put the brakes on your morning commute or weekend trip. To ensure that you don’t’ get stranded, make sure you have a pair of jumper cables in your trunk. What’s more, make sure you know how to use them or ask for help from someone who does.
Flashlights and Extra Batteries
If something goes wrong under the hood that you need to inspect, a flashlight can make all the difference in the world. A flashlight can also be used to signal for help if you’re broken down or stranded and need to get attention. If you or a passenger were hurt, a flashlight could also be helpful in quickly locating supplies or analyzing the wound.
An Extra Tire and Tire Jack
A couple times a year, double-check that your spare tire is full of air. Pull it out of the trunk and bounce it on the ground to see if it holds its full volume. Most vehicles come with a small tire jack along with the spare. Changing a tire is a basic skill, and one that’s easy to learn. Remember, most spare tires are made to go 40 mph maximum.
A Basic First Aid Kit
A basic first aid kit is a must-have in your vehicle, even if you’re only traveling a short distance. Make sure your kit contains the following.
- Sterile wipes
- Extra medication
- Compress dressings
- A blanket
Even if you’re only driving a short distance, you never know when you might be in need of an extra bottle of water or a handful of trail mix. Having food on hand is especially important when traveling with the young, elderly or hypoglycemic, for example. Always keep some extra water bottles in your trunk, as well as some non-perishable food snacks.
Keep Yourself Safe after a Car Crash
If you’re in a car crash in Pennsylvania, the above emergency items may be able to help. Chances are, though; you’ll also need to contact the police, preserve evidence, and do a multitude of other things to ensure your rights are protected. One thing you shouldn’t do is call the insurance company first. For legal representation, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to help. Contact us at 215-642-2335 now.