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What should you include in an emergency car kit?

Even though you hope you are never part of a car accident or stranded on the side of the road, you can't predict the future. For this reason, you need to prepare for the worst.

This means many things, such as packing an emergency car kit. With this in your trunk, you'll always feel better should something go wrong while you're on the road.

Here are some (but not all) of the many things you should think about adding to an emergency car kit:

  • Food and water. You don't have to go overboard, but keeping a bit of food and water in your emergency car kit is a good idea, as it could save your life should you become stranded.
  • Flashlight. This comes in handy in many situations, such as if you are part of an accident after the sun goes down.
  • Road flares. It's a good idea to set these up should you find yourself parked on the side of the road, such as after a car accident.
  • Jumper cables. You hope you never need these, but there's no way of knowing when your car won't start.
  • Band-Aids and other first-aid items.

These aren't the only things to include in an emergency car kit, but they're definitely a good start.

If you're part of an accident, you may find that you need to pull out your emergency car kit in search of a particular item. And of course, it's always nice to find what you're looking for without any delay.

Once police and an ambulance arrive at the scene, you no longer have to use the items from your kit. Instead, you can rely on the EMTs and police officers to take control of the scene.

Source: Allstate, "The Ultimate Emergency Car Kit: How to Equip Yourself for Most Any Calamity," accessed Feb. 09, 2018

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