8 Must-Have Items to Have in Your Car At All Times
Wondering what you should keep in your vehicle in case of an accident? Here is our list of eight must-have items for your car emergency kit that just might save you time and trouble if you keep them handy.
1. Insurance, Registration, and ID
This should be obvious. If you get into a car accident the police are going to be called to the scene. The first thing officers ask for in any interaction with the public is to see identification. He or she will ask for identification from the driver and all the passengers.
Also, you should carry your registration and proof of insurance in your vehicle. The officer will want to ensure that you are obeying the law by paying your taxes and ensuring your vehicle. Also, if there is damage to vehicles or injuries, the police will need identification and insurance information for the driver exchange form.
2. First Aid Kit
Having a box of bandages may not seem like a life-saving decision if you are involved in a fiery rollover crash, but having necessities like feminine pads to staunch bleeding and alcohol to clean wounds can protect injured people as they wait for emergency services to arrive.
3. Window Breaker / Seatbelt Cutter
If you are ever unlucky enough to be in a vehicle that is quickly sinking into a body of water, a small device that can cut seatbelts and break windows can be a lifesaver.
4. Spare Tire and Working Jack
Every driver should know how to change a tire. Punctures and blowouts are common for all types of drivers. If you experience something like this, remain calm, pull to the side of the road, and change your damaged tire for a spare as quickly as possible. Many pedestrian deaths occur when motorists are stopped at the side of the road. Having the right tools, and knowing how to change a tire will allow you to get back on the road quickly and safely.
5. Road Flares
If you experience vehicle problems at night or are in a night-time accident, it can be difficult for other motorists to see you. You can do your best to prevent more accidents and injuries by making yourself visible to other drivers with road flares or reflective triangles.
6. Jumper Cables
If you happen to leave your headlights on while you are in the store, a jump can make your day. You cannot jump an engine if you do not have the right equipment. Be prepared, so that when you do find someone to help you, you will not be left out of luck because no one has any cables.
The open road can be darker than you would think. Do not leave yourself having to change a tire in the dark and losing a lug nut. Pack a flashlight in your car in case you experience trouble when the light of day cannot help you.
8. Blanket and Cold-Weather Gear
Rain and snow can create some of the most dangerous situations for motorists. Be prepared to keep warm if your car heater is no longer available. Highways can be impassible due to ice, or you may need to leave your vehicle to get it unstuck, to change a tire, to jump a battery, or deal with the aftermath of an accident.