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Emergency Kit Essentials

Emergency Kit Essentials
What every driver should carry

  • Spare tire (check it regularly to ensure it’s fully inflated)
  • Working jack
  • Lug wrench
  • First Aid Kit for medical emergencies
  • Reflective triangles to set out on the road or flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with working batteries
  • Insurance ID card, car registration, any motor club cards
  • Pen and paper
  • Fire extinguisher (A, B, C type)
  • Local map of the area
  • Extra fuses
  • Duct tape, wire and bungee cords for quick fixes
  • Sheet or cardboard in case you have to crawl under the car
  • Brake & power steering fluid
  • Oil & transmission fluid
  • Anti-freeze
  • Water
  • Tools (screwdriver, pliers & adjustable wrench)
  • Empty gas can (never carry gas in the car or trunk)
  • Cell phone — but don’t use your phone while driving
  • Walking shoes
And in winter…
  • Snow brush
  • Ice scraper
  • Windshield washer fluid with de-icer
  • Small shovel
  • Sand or cat litter for traction
  • Blanket for personal warmth
This article was prepared by Direct Response Corporation, on December 6, 2006 as a service to you.