Have you ever been driving down the road with the gas light on thinking you can make it to the nearest gas station? Well if you are like me, it happens at least one a month. Unfortunately, I have ran short on luck a few times and ran out of gas before making it to the nearest gas station. On the bright side of things I always keep a gas gas in my car for situations like these. This is just one of the many items that makes up my emergency care kit, that is kept in plastic milk crate in the trunk of my car. Remember, car troubles can happen to anyone at anytime, that is why is always best to keep a few essential items with you at all times in order to be prepared.
Basic Emergency Kit:
- One gallon gas can (This has saved my tail numerous times)
- Jumper cables
- At least one quart of oil
- Jug of water (This be used to fill your radiator or your windshield washer fluid)
- Tire iron
- Spare tire
- Tire jack
- Spare hand towel
- Cell phone charger
- Basic tool kit (flat head screw driver and pliers)
- Windshield scraper (In the winter time and if applies to your climate region, I know its getting to be that time of the year.)
The items listed above are simply the essential items that should be carried in your car at all times and are a good starting point for creating your own emergency car kit. Listed below are a few more items that can be kept in your trunk that might one day prove useful. The following items can be included in addition to the Basic Emergency Kit.
Comprehensive Emergency Kit:
- Drinking water
- Spare batteries
- Spare fuses (even though your car should have them in the fuse box, also be familiar with the location of the fuse box.)
- First aid kit
- Hat and gloves (this is something my mother always reminded me to carry in the winter time)
These items will make a great emergency car kit that will get you through the basic car trouble situations. The great thing is that these items can be put together by rummaging through your house or apartment. There are other options for putting the kit together, as Walmart sells a 100-piece car kit for $29.97, which is simply one option. This quick overview should be a good start to putting together an emergency car kit that can be tailored to your specific needs.