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What Emergency Tools Should I Keep in my Car?

March 24, 2022

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The best time to consider what you may need in an emergency is well before you are in an unfortunate predicament waiting by the side of the road without access to any of the tools or supplies that come to mind. Every driver should make an effort to stock their vehicle with some simple emergency items and common tools that could make all the difference in a road emergency.

Whether your automotive adventures involve extended road trips to remote locations or your travels are limited to local errands, every driver is at risk of encountering car trouble, unfavorable weather conditions, or a car accident that may necessitate certain supplies.

Consider adding the items below to your vehicle’s emergency stash.

Vehicle Repair Equipment

  • Jumper cables. To give a dead battery a jump to get your car running again.
  • Flat tire kit. Includes a spare tire or donut as well as a lug nut wrench and car jack.
  • Tire pressure gauge. Allows you to keep track of the air pressure in your tires, since proper inflation allows your tires to grip the road properly and helps maintain driver control.
  • Tire sealant. Can be used to temporarily fix a punctured tire so you can get your car back on the road, and to the repair shop.

General Tool Kit

  • Multipurpose utility tool. All-in-one tools can come in handy and save space.
  • Screwdrivers. Having a few different sizes on hand can help, but be sure to have both flat-head and Philips-head styles. Consider a multi-bit screwdriver.
  • Pliers. Getting a good grip sometimes requires a pair of good pliers. Stash a pair of needle-nose pliers as well as and a pair with a vise grip.
  • Adjustable wrench. A strong wrench can make a though job easier, especially if rust or corrosion results in a stubborn task at hand.
  • Fasteners. Duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties, and bungie cords come in handy for odd jobs and temporary repairs.
  • Work light. Any repairs or tasks that take place after dark are made easier with a good-quality work light. A flashlight is also useful if you have to leave your vehicle to find help or shelter.
  • Shop towels. Keep your hands and work area tidy with a supply of shop towels or a roll of paper towels for easy clean-up.

Emergency Response Kit

  • Emergency escape tools. A seat belt cutter or window breaker are tools that may be required in some emergency situations. Keep a multi-tool with both handy on your keyring.
  • Flashlight and batteries. The flashlight only works if the batteries are good. Store extra batteries or regularly check the charge on any that are reusable.
  • Warning signals. Emergency road flares or reflective triangles notify approaching vehicles of your presence to keep everyone safe. Wear a reflective vest if you must leave your vehicle.
  • Fire extinguisher. If you encounter fire after an accident or otherwise, you can use the fire extinguisher to put it out.
  • Compass. If you must leave your car, you can take a handheld compass with you to find your way.
  • Sustenance. Keep drinking water and nonperishable foods on hand in case you have to wait for help to arrive.
  • Cell phone car charger. Keep your phone charged so you can call for help.
  • First aid kit. Collect bandages, splints, an ace bandage, a cold compress, gauze, medical tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, and tweezers into a small box to treat injuries.
  • Weather readiness tools.  Cold weather travel may require a snow/ice brush and shovel to clear access and create driving visibility. Keeping a hat and gloves in the car can make the job more comfortable. Stash a blanket in case you become stranded. A rain poncho is also good to have on hand.

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