Create a Roadside Emergency Kit for Your Car

Automotive
(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23, 2010) – With travelers hitting the roads this week for the holidays, the Automobile Club of Southern California reminds motorists that it’s important to be prepared for a possible break down, including while vacationing, and even in a properly maintained vehicle.
 
According to the Auto Club, it’s important for drivers to be prepared for breakdowns or emergencies by outfitting their vehicle with food, water, tools, clothing and other gear in a roadside emergency kit which can aid them should their vehicle become disabled, or they become lost. Properly stocked, an emergency kit will help drivers repair minor breakdowns, or possibly survive, until help arrives.
 
“Placing several items in an emergency roadside kit in your trunk will help prepare you to handle minor mechanical problems to get yourself back on the road or until the Auto Club or other rescue help arrives,” said the Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center Manager Steve Mazor.  “In this day and age, it’s very helpful to have a fully charged cell phone in your vehicle, along with water, blankets, a jacket and a disposable camera in your glove box in the event that you require a tow, 9-1-1 emergency assistance, or documentation of a crash,” added Mazor.  The Auto Club recommends the following items be included in a basic roadside emergency kit for a vehicle:
 
Basic Roadside Emergency Kit Checklist:
Auto Club or AAA Membership Card (in your wallet)
Blanket
Candles (in cold climates)
Cell Phone (charged and in vehicle)
Disposable Camera (in glove box)
First Aid Kit
Food
Tire Pressure Gauge
Tire Chains
Fire Extinguisher
Flares, Warning Triangles, or Reflectors
Flashlight with Extra Batteries
Heavy Gloves, Jacket, and Hat
Jack for Tire Changing
Jumper Cables
Paper Towels, Pencil and Notebook, Rags
Quart of Oil and Coolant (specific to your vehicle)
Reflective Sun Shade
Umbrella
Water                         

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