If you are not involved in emergency management or public safety, it can be difficult to know what to have in your car for emergency purposes. Because emergencies are often spontaneous, you can’t really plan for them. But you can plan for the “what ifs” associated with a potential emergency.
Recently, a Texas woman was rescued after five days in a remote area of the Havasupai Reservation in northern Arizona. She kept her cell phone charged from the car battery and was able to alert authorities to her situation. Her actions and the supplies in her vehicle saved her life.
Here is a list of some items you might want to keep in your car for emergencies.
Hat, Scarf, Jacket and Gloves
These items of clothing are particularly handy for traveling in cold weather, especially if your car stalls and you become stranded on the side of the road. A hat, gloves, jacket or coat will help keep you warm while you wait for help.
First Aid Kit
Many stores sell first aid kits, which can help greatly in an emergency. You can also put a first aid kit together on your own. It should include bandages, gauze and medical tape. Water purification pills and a bottle of an antiseptic solution such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide are also good to include in your kit.
Water and Snacks
Keeping a gallon of bottled water and non-perishable snacks in your vehicle is also a good idea. Water and nourishment can be a lifesaver if help cannot arrive quickly.
Car Emergency Kit
Just as it’s good to have a first aid kit, it’s also important to have an auto emergency kit.
Your kit should include a set of eight-foot heavy-duty 10-gauge battery jumper cables, an air compressor, tow rope and emergency flares. Also, be sure you have the tools in your trunk to change a tire. Some gas stations now charge for the air to inflate tires, so keep a small stash of quarters for the air pumps.
It’s a good idea to check the site and other lists to get a full picture of what you should keep in your vehicle. You might not need the kit for quite a while, but you’ll be thankful it’s there when you do need it.
It is essential for vehicle owners to take the time and put emergency supplies in their vehicles. By remaining prepared for any vehicle-related emergencies, drivers and passengers will be more equipped to survive emergencies until first responders find them.