Emergency Road Kits Buying Guide

While you may hope that you never have to use any of the contents of your auto emergency kit , it's better to stick to the old adage--you're better safe than sorry.  Having a kit stored in the trunk of your car ensures that you'll never break down, run out of gas  or get a flat tire  without the proper gear to get you back on the road again.  You can buy a pre-assembled kit at most auto stores or easily build your own, storing every tool in a large plastic container or cardboard box.  And what makes a good road kit is simply knowing how to use all of the contents inside and out and always replacing fluids, so that you're never short on anything you need.

Below is a comprehensive list of things that will help keep you safe while you're out on the open road.

Building Your Own

Using a box to store items keeps everything organised.  It also ensures that the contents don't roll around in the trunk while you're driving.

In case of an emergency, a fully charged cell phone is one of the most important tools you can have.  It allows you to call for roadside assistance if you are unable to handle the situation on your own.

A first aid kit is particularly handy if you've been in an accident or you hurt yourself while broken down.  A first aid kit should normally include things like bandages, ointment, gloves, scissors, safety pins and a notebook.  You can purchase one at your local auto or convenience store, or you can make your own.

Having your AAA card handy ensures that you will get the services you need, like towing.

To make sure others can clearly see your car and thus, that you are safe while walking around or near it, these items are essential.

Always keep a torch with fresh batteries in your emergency road kit.  This will help you see in your cab at night and allow you to take a closer look under the hood.

Make sure you either have a spare tire with air in it or a can of Fix-a-Flat in case bumpy road conditions cause a flat tire.

You'll also need all the tools that will help you remove and replace the flat tire.

Always keep all the necessary fluids with you to ensure that you and your car are in peak condition.

In order to administer the proper fluids to the proper places, include a funnel in your emergency kit along with rags to clean up any spills.

To make sure you have any and all possible tools you may need on the road, you can buy them piece by piece or in a small road kit.

It's important to have both the option of jump starting your own car or enlisting the help of a good Samaritan.  You never know where you might be when your car breaks down.

All these little extras can help keep you safe and maintain your bearings on the road.

You may get stuck in the cold with no heat or have to change a flat in the rain.  Make sure you have the right clothes to keep you dry and warm.

These tools will help you get out of any sticky--or should I say snowy--situation.

It may take awhile for help to come tow your car.  In the meantime, make sure you have snacks to munch on that will keep your hunger under control.

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