You never know when your vehicle could breakdown. You never know when you could be involved in a motor vehicle accident. With this in mind, it’s important to keep an emergency car kit in your trunk.
If you’ve yet to pack an emergency car kit, if you haven’t inspected your kit in the recent past, it’s time for a change. Here are some safety items that you should definitely carry in your vehicle at all times:
— Flares. These can come in handy if you’re involved in an accident or stranded with car trouble.
— Duct tape. You never know when you could use this to repair your vehicle.
— Small shovel. This may be just what you need to dig out of heavy snow and get back on the road.
— Flashlight. This can be particularly useful if you’re in an accident or breakdown at night.
— First aid supplies. For example, a bandage could help stop the bleeding if you’re injured in an accident.
Are these the only safety items to keep in your emergency car kit? Probably not. However, these are definitely among the most important. If you keep these items in your vehicle at all times, you’ll feel better if something goes wrong while you’re on the road.
Although you may have some supplies on hand to get by after an accident, don’t try to do everything yourself. Instead, it still makes sense to contact the police and an ambulance. This will help in the minutes following the accident, while also putting you in better position when it comes time to file an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Source: Allstate, “The Ultimate Emergency Car Kit: How to Equip Yourself for Most Any Calamity,” accessed March 27, 2017