Although you hope it never happens, an estimated one in four drivers will be involved in an auto accident throughout their lifetime. Additionally, Louisiana weather is unpredictable and can result in a situation where you find yourself stranded. Because of this, it is imperative that you are always prepared with an auto emergency kit.
Do you feel confident that your vehicle is equipped with everything that you might need in the event of an emergency? In this post, we will discuss which tools and items should be included in your auto emergency kit.
Storing Your Auto Emergency Kit
Before we get into the details of what should be included in your auto emergency kit, we should discuss its storage. Although your first thought may be to keep it in your trunk, this is not the wisest option.
Consider that in the event of a truly severe accident, you may find yourself trapped inside of your vehicle and unable to access your kit. Along those same lines, your auto emergency kit should be securely closed at all times. Throwing a few items into a loose box or bag could result in its contents being scattered all about your car and under your seats in the event of an accident.
Choosing Items for Your Auto Emergency Kit
Whether you're buying your auto emergency kit or making your own, here are some of the items which should be included:
- First Aid Kit - The most obvious item that should be included in your emergency pack is a First Aid Kit. In the event of minor injuries sustained in an auto accident, it is important that you are able to disinfect any open wounds, stop any bleeding, apply a cold compress to prevent swelling, etc.
- Fire Extinguisher - Small, portable fire extinguishers are available for vehicles. Be sure to select an extinguisher that is rated for class A (ordinary combustibles), B (flammable liquids), and C (energized electrical) fires in order to cover your bases. Stopping a small fire in its early stages can prevent a serious disaster.
- Window Hammer and Seatbelt Cutter - You can buy these tools separately, or you can purchase an all-in-one option for the sake of convenience and space. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to escape your car quickly but simply unbuckling your seatbelt or opening your door is not an option, this device can be a life-saver.
- Flashlight & Extra Batteries - Don't count on your dome light in the event of an emergency. It's wise to always have a flashlight on hand so that you can see what you're doing.
- Road Flares or Reflective Triangles - The more attention that you can draw to yourself, the easier it will be for you to be found by emergency responders and/or passing vehicles who can help. Plus, road flares or reflective triangles can keep you safe on a dark road where you might otherwise be hit.
- Foam Tire Sealant - In the event of a small tire puncture or other minimal damage, foam tire sealant can work in a pinch to at least get you to the next town so that you won't be stranded on a dark highway.
- Jumper Cables - If your car is stalled and another car stops to help, it won't do you much good if neither of you has any jumper cables. It's always smart to keep them on hand.
- Gloves - Attempting to get out of a vehicle when there is shattered glass is dangerous. Keep a pair of gloves on hand to help protect yourself against cuts.
- Water - Keeping water in your auto emergency kit is useful in cleaning wounds and in surviving, should you be stranded or required to wait some time before emergency responders can arrive to help.
- Non-Perishable Food - Keep some granola bars or other non-perishable food items in your vehicle in the event that you become stranded.
When it comes to your safety, don't leave anything to chance. Medine's Collision Center sees the results of unfortunate auto accidents daily and understands the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency. You can drive safely and confidently with the knowledge that Medine's is here to help get you and your vehicle back on the road.
We would love to hear from you if you have any additional items that you think should be included in our emergency car kit!! Feel free to post in the comments section below!
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