Emergency Kit: Top Items to Have in Your Vehicle

Vehicles can break down at a drop of a hat, for different kinds of reasons, at the most inconvenient time. You’ve probably heard horror stories of people—friends or relatives—who had car troubles that left them helpless on the road. For this reason, it’s no secret that every vehicle should have an emergency kit in the trunk.

Regardless if you’re driving a sedan, a truck, a bus, or an RV, an emergency kit is an essential part of your vehicle. Think of it as your basic insurance policy while you’re on the road. The bigger your vehicle, the more responsibility you have for yourself and for others.

For instance, commercial trucks are on the road for practically the whole year, which in turn makes them more prone to a plethora of untoward incidents. With this, SoCal Truck Insurance emphasizes the value of operating with confidence–especially for those in the logistics industry. The key here is to protect the business, the cargo, and, most importantly, the people, by researching for comprehensive yet cheap commercial truck insurance. In more ways, this intangible item can be–or should be–part of a driver’s emergency kit.

As for the other important tangible items that you should have in your emergency kit, we’ve reached out to some of our friends in the industry and asked them to give us pointers. Here are their thoughts:

Janet Patterson of Highway Title Loans says:

Jumper cables are must-haves in your car’s emergency kit. Ideally, I’d suggest keeping a package that includes a booster cable, a carry bag, and a pair of safety working gloves. Moreover, make sure that they’re the right fit for your vehicle and are at least between 12 to 20 feet.

Car fuses are another essential to always have with you in your emergency car kit. This is important because you never know when the car fuse goes out. Under such a situation, you wouldn’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. A spare car fuse in the back of the trunk will definitely come in handy.

Always keep an essentials car tool kit with you. Store things such as pliers, jump start cables, spare tires, a ranch, nut opener, and other such tools in this small bag or box. In case of an emergency or an uncertain situation, this kit will really come in handy.

Michael Miller of VPN Online shares:

You’ll never know when an accident will happen, that’s why the best thing to have in your car is a first-aid kit. You can always call for help if you have a mishap on the road. It’ll delay your travel but will never be life-threatening. If you get injured, time will be of the essence. And you’ll definitely need a first-aid kit to remedy the situation.

Taylor Palmer of Rich Living, Less Spending LLC claims:

As a couple that lives on the road fulltime in a 1986 RV, there’s one item that has kept us safe throughout several breakdowns: coolant. When your car overheats due to a leak in the radiator you might not have even realized existed, there isn’t much you can do to get your vehicle up and running without coolant. We always have backup prediluted coolant with us on the road, and it’s saved us a tow truck multiple times. Just remember to make sure your engine is fully cooled down before adding it to your car.

Christopher Lee of Eyewitness Dash Cams reveals:

A dash cam is a great item to have installed in your car that’ll proactively protect you and your vehicle. Whether you are commuting, or parking, or doing errands, you’ll always want to have a device monitoring your car. Disputing insurance claims or law enforcement accusations are easily solved with a dash cam. A small investment can pay big dividends as emergencies come at unsuspecting times.

Zach Shefska of Your Auto Advocate states:

When it comes to emergency preparedness, there can be a laundry list of things you want to have handy in your car. From flashlights to fix-a-flat, the list can get lengthy. Here are two items we recommend you consider packing away in your car:

First-aid kit – Whether you’re at the soccer field, or in the wilderness, having a first-aid kit handy can prove worthwhile.

Map – Yeah, yeah, yeah, you have it on your phone. We know. It doesn’t hurt, especially if you’re going somewhere remote, to have a map in your car. Yes, we’re serious.

Lauren Fix of Automotive Aspects Inc. replies:

Rain Poncho – This comes in handy when your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road, while the rains pours down hard. Even a cheap one will keep you dry.

Metal coat hanger – If your tailpipe is dragging on the ground and there is a shower of sparks and horrible scraping, a coat hanger will save the day. It’s certainly not elegant, but a coat hanger will temporarily help get your tailpipe off the ground.

With the pliers in your regular tool kit, simply unwrap the hanger, crawl under the car (remember to turn off the engine and set the parking brake on level ground) and find the location of the exhaust that broke. Wrap it around the pipe a few times, looping through the clamp and twisting it at the ends. With luck, it will hold up just long enough to make it back to the muffler shop. There’s just something totally cool about using a MacGyverish trick like a coat hanger.

In Conclusion

We sure hope this sheds some sort of light on the importance of building your vehicle’s emergency kit. Did we miss out on anything? Be sure to comment down below on what you think should be added to our list based on your experience.