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Preparing Your Vehicle for Emergency Situations

No matter where you live, the springtime months are a time to be on high alert for potential severe weather situations.  Although many people take a few extra precautions at home in order to be prepared for severe weather, many fail to consider getting their vehicles prepared for potential severe weather events.  Yet, many people spend over an hour of their time each day in their vehicles.  What would you do if you encountered severe weather or another emergency situation while on the road?  If you carry a basic emergency kit of supplies with you, you will be certain to be better prepared for these potential situations.

What to Include in Your Basic Kit

There are several items that you should include in the basic emergency kit that you carry with you at all times.  These include:

  •  Bag of sand or kitty litter
  •  Blanket
  •  Can opener
  •  Candles and matches (be sure to place them in a waterproof container)
  •  Collapsible shovel
  •  First-aid kit
  •  Flares
  •  Flashlight (don’t forget the extra batteries)
  •  Gloves (one pair of latex gloves and one pair of leather gloves is ideal)
  •  Poncho
  •  Rags
  •  Snack foods (high-calorie, non-perishable foods are best)
  •  Snow scraper and brush
  •  Tool kit
  •  Tow rope
  •  Water
  •  Window washer fluid

While some of these items are geared more toward winter weather conditions, such as the snow scraper and the kitty litter, it is still a good idea to keep these basic items with you at all times unless you live in a part of the country where winter weather conditions are rarely seen.  This way, you can be certain to have the items you need on hand when winter weather conditions do strike. 

Additional Items to Consider Adding to Your Emergency Kit

There are a few additional items that you might want to consider adding to your emergency kit for extra safety and preparedness.  Some of these items include:

  •  Disposable camera
  •  Emergency strobes
  •  Light sticks
  •  Reflective vest
  •  Siphon pump
  •  Spare clothing
  •  Tire chains
  •  Toilet paper
  •  Whistle

While it may be tough to give up the trunk space for these emergency items, it will be space well used when you enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you will be prepared if an emergency strikes.