It’s the Boy Scout Motto — but it oughtta be the Motorist Motto, too.
According to AAA, you’re very likely to be one of the one in three drivers who face a breakdown or similar situation each year. And disasters come on all sorts of days, not just clear, blue 70-degree day with lots of people around.
If you find yourself stranded on that proverbial ‘dark and stormy night,’ you’ll thank your lucky stars you assembled this emergency-preparedness kit.
Here’s what should be in it:
- A wheel wrench and car jack to change the tire if your car came with a spare
- Battery jumper cables
- A tool kit or multipurpose tool
- A flashlight, along with backup batteries
- Reflective triangles so oncoming cars can see you
- A compass
- A fully stocked first-aid kit
- A blanket
- Nonperishable food such as unsalted nuts and dried fruits
- A car charger for your phone
- A fire extinguisher
- Duct tape because, of course
- A rain poncho
- Cold-weather tools including a snow brush, a small shovel, windshield fluid, warm clothing and cat litter to help with tire traction
- And emergency contact numbers for family, roadside services and your insurance provider.
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, keeping a well-stocked emergency kit in your car … can save you a ton of stress.