Anything can happen while driving a car. It’s smart to keep an emergency kit inside your car in case of an accident or an emergency situation arises. Here are 4 things that should keep inside of your car in an emergency kit.
This is a very important tool that is a must have. An accident could occur during the night and if you aren’t able to turn any lights on in the car a flashlight will help you see. A flashlight is also important if you are in a dark area at night when an incident occurs. The flashlight will help light up your surroundings which is useful when you need to find markers to tell an emergency operator where you are. Make sure that there are batteries with this flashlight. Update your emergency kit periodically by replacing the batteries in the flashlight with fresh batteries.
2. First Aid Kit.
First aid kit’s are very helpful in and out of the car. In a minor accident a first aid kit can help someone before an ambulance can reach them. Minor cuts and scrapes can be cleaned up. You can make your own first aid kit yourself. Some things that are good to include in a first aid kit are bandages, gauze and scissors for cutting it, first aid cream, safety pins, and various pain pills such as ibuprofen and Tylenol. You may also purchase a premade first aid kit as well.
3. Disposable Camera.
A camera is good for insurance reasons and to take note on what happened. Take several pictures of the accident. Take a picture of the whole accident, the license plate of each car involved, where impact occurred, street signs or geographical markers, any injuries that you endured, and any physical thing involved in the accident such as a light pole or tree. It’s also good to take several pictures of everything from different angles in case some pictures don’t turn out.
A plastic poncho is good because if an accident occurs while raining and staying in the car is not an option you can wear the poncho to stay dry. Most ponchos will fit anyone of any size. You should be able to a get a plastic poncho very cheap as they are cheap to make. Also a good idea is to get a bright colored poncho as it will help make you stand out in the dark and help an emergency crew find you.
These are just 4 things that will definitely be of use but you may decide you want other things in your emergency kit as well. Some other things to think about are cables, duct tape, zip ties, and flares. Your safest and cheapest bet is to buy an already put together emergency kit. AAA has a 42 piece kit that offers many things that would be of use in an emergency situation. Whichever route you choose, making your own or buying a kit that’s already put together, make sure you get and have some kind of kit in your car as soon as you can because you never know when something might happen.