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ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT

A roadside emergency can happen at any time. In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables and seasonal supplies. A complete checklist of emergency supply items for your vehicle is below.
 

ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST

  • Cellular phone and charger (Emergency tip: If you have to dial 911, remember that your location and phone number aren't always available to an emergency operator when calling from a cell phone. Be sure to provide the operator with your number and any information you have about your location.)
  • First aid kit:
    • Sterile adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
    • Gauze pads (2- and 3-inch)
    • Triangular bandages
    • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
    • Sterile roller bandages (2- and 3- inch)
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Needle
    • Safety razor blade
    • Safety pins (assorted sizes)
    • Snake bite kit
    • Cold pack
    • Bar of soap
    • Moist towelettes
    • Non-breakable thermometer
    • Antiseptic spray
    • Latex gloves
    • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    • Tongue blades and wooden applicator sticks
    • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
    • Antacid
    • Laxative
    • Eye wash
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Antiseptic or hydrogen peroxide
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Emetic (to induce vomiting)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light, hazard triangle or flares
  • Tire gauge
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit
  • Spare fuses
  • Jumper cables or a portable battery booster
  • Weather-proof flashlight
  • Gloves, hand cleaner and clean rags
  • Auto-club card or roadside-assistance number (if you belong to an auto club or roadside-assistance program)
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Pen and pad of paper
  • Basic tools:
    • Set of socket and open-end wrenches
    • Multi-tip screwdriver
    • Wire cutters
    • Knife
    • Bottle opener
    • Pliers
  • Coolant hose repair kit and tape
  • Extra clothing
  • Water and nonperishable emergency food (enough for at least 3 days)
  • Items for Winter Driving:
    • Windshield scraper.
    • Tire chains and tow strap
    • Blanket and winter hat.
    • Chemical hand warmers.
    • Small folding shovel
    • Bag of cat litter (This can help provide some traction on an especially slick road surface)
  • Help sign