Top 10 Emergency Car Essentials

Nobody ever expects their car to suddenly break down, but it does happen to the best of us and usually in the worst times. In the event that this does happen, having emergency preparedness is crucial. We listed 10 essentials below that you should always keep in your car in case of emergencies. And in addition to this list, we highly recommend having an emergency contact or a number for emergency roadside assistance handy.

  1. Flashlight with extra batteries: a flashlight is crucial for any nighttime emergencies and will allow you to look under the hood of your car and detect any problems.
  1. Jumper cables: if your car battery dies, jumper cables and another person with a working car battery are what you need to jumpstart your car and get it back on the road. 
  1. First-Aid Kit: keeping a kit of essential bandages, wound dressings, and pain relievers in your vehicle will surely come in handy in times of emergencies
  1. Blanket: a warm blanket can be a lifesaver in the event that the temperatures drop and you’re stranded in your car without a functioning heater.
  1. Drinking water and non-perishable snacks: keeping a case of bottled water and dried foods (such as mixed nuts or granola bars) in your vehicle could increase your chances of survival in dire emergencies. These are also great to have if you’re hungry and can’t find any available food options while on a long road trip.
  1. Spare tire with car jack and wrench: having a spare tire (and the knowledge and tools to be able to change a tire) is essential for all drivers in case you get a flat tire.
  1. Extra clothes: keeping extra clothes in your vehicle will come in handy for those times when you need a quick change if your clothes are soiled or for unforeseen instances where you need to spend a night away from home and didn’t pack any preparations for it.
  1. Umbrella or poncho: the weather can be a little unpredictable at times, so if you’re ever caught in the rain, you’ll surely be glad to have an extra umbrella or poncho tucked away in your car.
  1. Ice brush/scraper or shovel (if you live in a wintry climate): winter tools such as a brush or scraper is essential for aclear visibility and cleaning icy windshields and windows. A shovel may also come in handy if your parked car is surrounded by snow.
  1. Paper towels or rags: these are great to have on hand to clean any messy spills, whether you’re doing any car repairs or if you’ve just spilled your takeout food all over your car seats.