It can be very scary when there is an emergency situation, especially if it’s on the side of the road. There re some key things to keep in your car in case this does happen, and it can save your life.
Most people carry a cell phone around now a day, and it can really save you from being stranded. Make sure you always have it fully charged so you are not relying on one bar to help you. I also think it’s in your best interest to keep an old cell phone in your glove compartment, even if you don’t leave any minutes on it. All carriers are required to complete 911 calls, even if you have no minutes. This will save you from depending on one cell phone in the case something goes wrong.
If you break down during the night, it will be nice to have some sort of light other than your cell phone. Make sure to keep at least two in the car with spare batteries for each. Check the life on the batteries on occasion so you will not have to fumble to get them working. My husband keeps two Maglites in my car; they are wonderful flashlights that are very reliable.
It happens all the time, you leave a small light on and now your battery is dead in the middle of a parking lot. Sometimes you can look around and find all kinds of people who carry jumper cables themselves and will help you. But just in case carry your own set of jumper cables. I keep mine in my trunk in its own little carrying case, from time to time they get used to help others.
It does not matter how fast you think you will get home or how your heater works great. If your car dies, you are in trouble. Make sure to keep at least one thick blanket and one winter jacket per person for emergencies in the trunk. It will save you from freezing to death, I also advise you to have a few hats and mittens in the kit also, your ears will get cold quickly.
Does not matter if its cold or hot, you should carry around water bottles in the trunk. If for some reason your car overheats, you might need the water for your car. Or if you get thirsty, its best to keep hydrated at all times to prevent any further emergencies.
First Aid Kit
A great addition to your emergency kit is first aid items. You can buy one at any store or make your own at home. Perfect for fixing up major wounds and small scrapes. It is always a good idea to be prepared.
Having small snack items such as granola bars and power bars can keep you semi normal. They also come in handy when your toddler decides she is hungry again. Just keep a few in there and change them out every few months to prevent eating stale granola bars.
When your car fails to start, instead of hiring a tow truck because they can get so expensive have a set of tow straps in your trunk. You attach one end too the front of your car and the other end to the running car, you then sit in the dead car and put it into neutral. Then you steer and bake as needed.
Shovel and sand
Having a folding shovel and a bag of sand in your car might come in handy when you need to dig your car out. Place the sand or dirt under the tires to get more traction and dig with the shovel.
Getting into emergency situations can be scary, but take a few deep breaths and you will get through it just fine.