What items should you have in your roadside emergency kit?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips & Tricks on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 11:43 am
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There are many things we need to do to preemptively prepare for potential vehicle collisions and breakdowns. We need to get auto insurance so that we have good coverage, set up emergency contacts, and gather the items necessary for a roadside emergency kit. If you are a new driver, you may be wondering what items you should have in your roadside emergency kit. Today, we will be telling you what items you need in a roadside emergency kit.

Items needed in a basic roadside emergency kit

If you don’t have a roadside emergency kit, you can run into several problems. If it’s late at night, you may be waiting for help to arrive without the proper supplies to keep you warm and satisfied. You may also run into the issue of not having a cell phone signal and having to flag down a fellow motorist or spend the night in the country. These can be avoided by keeping a basic roadside emergency kit in your car at all times. The items listed may need to be tailored to your vehicle’s age and condition, your driving patterns and the weather:

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  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or triangle reflectors
  • A quart or more of motor oil
  • A gallon of coolant
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Tool kit that includes a screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench and a pocket knife
  • A can of tire inflator and sealant
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Ice scraper (if in an area that gets snow)
  • Pen and paper
  • Energy snacks like granola bars and trail mix
  • Bottled water
  • Spare tire
  • Jack

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Familiarize yourself with the items and how to use them

Once you have all of your items collected, put them into your trunk in a way that they don’t slide around. If you can’t find all of these items separately, there are pre-assembled roadside kits that you can purchase as well. Before using something in your kit for an emergency, make sure you are familiar with the time and how to use it. If you don’t do this ahead of time, the kit will not be helpful.

Advice from Citrus Kia

If you enjoyed this post about putting together a roadside emergency kit, keep following our blog for more advice posts. However, you can also contact us for advice on how to properly take care of your Kia.

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