A roadside emergency kit can help keep you and your vehicle safe

What items should you put into a roadside emergency kit?

Although it is normally an uneventful or straight-up fun experience most of the time, driving certainly has plenty of hazards that come along with it. Debris or potholes in the road can pop your tires. Bad drivers can run you off the road with a poorly-timed lane change. Slippery road conditions can cause you to spin out and land in a ditch. Loads of calamities are possible, and that is why, no matter how frequently you drive, it is important to have a kit inside of your vehicle at all times in case you encounter trouble on the road. What items should you put into a roadside emergency kit? Read on for our suggestions.

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What to include in a roadside emergency kit

  • orange triangle on road beside carWater bottles. There is no telling for sure how long you will be stranded, and it is important to keep hydrated, especially if you are going to be there for an extended period of time.
  • Non-perishable food. Likewise, if you are going to be stranded for a while, you need to keep up your energy. Granola bars are a particularly good option.
  • Blanket(s). It may be a cold night, or you may have gotten drenched in a downpour, and you’ll need to keep warm.
  • Road flares and/or triangles. Setting these near your car while on the side of the road helps alert other drivers of your predicament.
  • Car-compatible phone charger. Assuming your car did not completely die or shut down and you can still run it, you may need to keep your phone charged up in case you need to call for help.
  • Jumper cables. Your battery may need a boost, and you can’t necessarily count on good samaritans or anyone else to have them for you.
  • Flashlight and batteries, in case you need to take a peek into the inner workings of your car.
  • First aid kit. Someone may be injured and in need of bandages.

While this is not an all-inclusive list, it is a good foundation to having the right items in your car to help in case of a bind. Stay in touch with the Honda of Victoria blog for more tips and tricks!