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Do you plan on doing some traveling this fall and winter season? If so, you need an emergency preparedness kit. This kit is sort of like having good insurance, but hopefully you’ll never need to use it. If you do, you’ll be glad to have it if a car accident occurs or you need to stop on the side of the road to help someone else.

If you have ever been stranded on the side of the road, I bet you thought about all of the things you WISH you had handy. According to driver-safety experts, the right supplied help speed up being rescued. This is especially vital during the winter months, when having the right supplies could help you get out of that winter weather situation and off to survival.

The good thing about emergency kits is that they are easy to assemble. Of course it costs depending on what and where you buy the supplies, but being ready for any roadside emergency is the most important factor when purchasing.

Here is what you should include:
In the Trunk

Make good use of a sturdy canvas bag with handles or even a plastic bin to store your kit. Be sure to secure it so it doesn’t roll around all over your car while it is in motion. Include the following:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets
  • Flares or warning triangles
  • Drinking water
  • Nonperishable snacks, such as energy or granola bars
  • Extra clothes
  • First-aid kit
  • Basic tool kit that includes, at minimum, flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, and adjustable wrench

Winter Add-ons

Complete an inventory check of your supplies in the winter and spring, and include these six items before the winter months:

  • Window washer solvent
  • Ice scraper
  • Bag of sand, salt, or cat litter, or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Snow brush
  • Gloves, hats, and additional blanket

Glove Compartment

Not all emergency equipment should be behind the backseat or in the trunk. Here are three essential items to stow within the driver’s reach:

  • Cell phone
  • Phone charger
  • Auto-safety hammer (some have an emergency beacon and belt-cutting tool, too)

See how easy it is to put an emergency kit together? You can even get your kids involved, in the safest way possible, so that they are aware of what’s in the car and how they can help if an accident happens. Enjoy the roads and check out these rainy day driving tips.

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