Unless you live in a remote Western wilderness where a breakdown will eventually leave you talking to a volleyball named Wilson, you can probably skip the cumbersome doomsday scenario emergency kit. But, having a these multipurpose items in your trunk can leave you more prepared even when help isn’t a day’s drive away.
Portable battery booster/air compressor
Nothing takes the bounce out of your bungee like coming out of the office only to find you left the lights on in your car. With a portable battery booster such as the Stanley 500-amp jump starter with built-in air compressor , you won’t need to worry about that anymore. The battery booster will safely give you the needed charge to start your engine. And as an added feature the built in air compressor will help you take care of that low air pressure in your tire or those inflatable toys at the beach.
A small air leak in a tire can be easily overlooked or not noticed at all which could leave you unexpectedly stranded at work or the grocery store. This ingenious and inexpensive product can inflate and seal nearly any flat tire and make it safe to drive on for fifty miles. You can expect a small additional cost when getting the tire fixed, but well worth not being stranded.
Roll of duct tape
It’s true. Duct tape can fix almost anything. It can be used to hold lights, trim and a loose body panels in place so a simple fender bender will not leave you stranded. This could save you an expensive tow bill if you can temporarily hold parts in place until you can drive somewhere to fix them.
It’s important to realize that a blown fuse may not indicate a serious problem; however, being caught without a replacement, can be.
You should have tools that can serve multiple functions, so as to save on space. For example, a screwdriver with interchangeable tips and an adjustable wrench. It is also a good idea to purchase tools made by reputable companies such as Craftsman, Irwin, or Kobalt. I have bought cheap tools in the past and have had them break the very first time I used them. This would only complicate your roadside situation.
Having a flashlight can serve at least two purposes. The first, is finding those elusive lug nuts in the dark after you’ve kicked over the hub cap holding them. Not fun. The second is to make you more visible to other drivers while you are standing or walking on the side of the road.
This list represents items that would be useful in the most common emergencies but is by no means exhaustive of everything you may want to consider for your kit. Good luck, and drive safe!