As the seasons change we ought to be sure our car is prepared for them.
Depending on your circumstances and location, your level of preparation may
vary. You may need snow tires, new windshield wipers and fluid, anti-freeze,
heater/air conditioner service, recommended scheduled tune-ups, etc. For
everyone it should mean preparing your car for whatever could happen.
When preparing your car it is wise to remember to make preparations also
for your family. An emergency
car kit is crucial for breakdowns and unusual weather conditions. It is
always good to keep essential supplies in your car in case you get stranded for
a few hours or even a few days.
What should I keep in my auto emergency kit? First, you want to make sure
you have the basic essentials such as water, food, and warmth. After these basics are included, then you can add other
necessities such as an emergency light, first aid items, tools and other accessories.
Drinkable water is of utmost importance. Most people can actually survive days
without food, but your body will dehydrate without water, leading to organ
failure and death. We take the abundance of water for granted when things are
normal, but in an emergency it becomes critical. Water is also useful for
washing wounds and for sanitation. Water can also be helpful if your car
overheats. Because of the limited space in automobiles, storing water must be in
small packages. Water is available in small drink boxes (8.45 oz.), in pouches (4.2 oz.) or a Deluxe Sanitation & Water Kit.
Food: If your car
breaks down and you are many miles from any town or store, you will want to have
food stored in your kit to make sure your body has enough energy. It is very
difficult to keep food in your car because it is exposed to extreme
temperatures, both hot and cold, and the food is likely to spoil. The best thing
to store in your car is high Calorie Food Bars. These bars come in packages of 2400 calories and 3600 calories. They can be exposed to extreme
temperatures. They have a tasty flavor that won’t leave you thirsty. The bar
helps activate the salivary gland and reduce your demand on emergency water
supplies. They also expand in your stomach so you feel full. Be careful that you
don’t over-consume them because they are so high in calories.
may have plenty of food and water, but if you’re cold you’ll feel miserable.
Especially in the winter, warmth is a must for an emergency car kit. If you get
stranded on a desolate road or stuck in a snowstorm, you will be glad you have a
source of warmth in your car. There are several options: 6 to 20 hour warm packs, wool blankets, emergency bags, and emergency blankets. Also, for shelter from the rain, include a
poncho or other rain gear.
Warm packs are nice
for quick, concentrated heat. You can put them in your pockets, shoes and gloves
to stay warm.
Wool is one of nature’s warmest fibers. It provides warmth even
when it’s wet. It is best to get a wool blend blanket because when synthetic
fibers are added to it they provide softness, washability and durability.
Emergency blankets and bags are lightweight and fold to pocket size. They’re
made of a reflective material which reflects up to 80% of your radiant body heat
to help keep you warm. Our company did an in-house test of the emergency bag. We
sent a few employees and family members outside in an emergency bag. They got so
warm they had to get out of the bag.
A poncho is nice if you are in rain or other bad
weather and need to go outside to change a tire or do other work on the
Light: It’s important to always keep a flashlight in your emergency car kit. It comes in handy
for all types of circumstances. Be sure to keep charged batteries in the
flashlight so you aren’t left in the dark. The Innovative LED Light has a much
higher battery life than conventional flashlights and are essential for
emergency car kits. Other lights that could be useful in your auto emergency kit
are lightsticks, emergency candles with a wide base and waterproof matches.
Lightsticks last for 12
hours and are safe for children. They are visible up to one mile away, and they
are non-toxic and non-flammable.
Emergency candles or liquid paraffin candles
are long-lasting, reusable, odorless and smokeless. A wide base adds stability
which helps prevent accidental spills which is especially nice for the car.
Also, be sure to keep waterproof matches in your emergency car kit so you can
First Aid Items: If injury occurs, every second counts
because help may be hours or days away. A first aid kit allows you to assist with injuries until
help arrives. Keep items such as pain relievers, sterile pads, alcohol prep
pads, bandages, soap, gauze pads, and micropore tape. You may also want to
include tissues, toilet paper, safety pins and ace bandages. All of these items
will come in handy when you are in need of first aid on the road.
Tools: Consider tools such as a multi-purpose knife or
a collapsible shovel for your car. A shovel may come in handy if you are to get stuck in
the snow or mud. A multi-purpose knife provides many different tools
for you to work with in a time of need. A Samurai survival tool provides an axe,
hammer, and pry tool all-in-one. A basic tool kit and a roll of duct tape are
also good items to keep in your car.
Other Accessories: Roadflares may
also be useful in your auto emergency kit, but they should only be used for a
warning signal, and should NEVER be used for light. Once a roadflare has been
lit, make sure you set it on a non-flammable surface. The by-product from its
fire drips to the ground and may cause a fire if it lands on flammable material
such as grass or if there is a gas leak. Be careful because the fumes are
extremely nauseous and must be used only in a well-ventilated area.
are several kinds of pre-packaged emergency car kits available on the market, or
you can customize your own. If you are purchasing a prepacked kit remember that
you may need to customize your kit according to your needs (medications,
glasses, etc.) Keep your kit in a compact case so it fits easily in your trunk
or under a seat.
As you are preparing for the unknown, don’t forget to
prepare your car with an emergency car kit. When that snowstorm causes you to be
stranded from home, or if you get a flat tire, or your auto overheats far from
any town, you will be grateful you took the time to think ahead. The more
conveniences you include, the better your situation will be.