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Car emergency kit

What to Always Carry in Your Car in Case of Emergency

Driver’s licence, identity documents and proof of insurance are the obvious items you should always have, but what else should you have on hand?

Our safety experts gave us this small safety list of items for you to always have in the car with you to ensure you are safe I case of an emergency:

1. First aid kit

Pre-packaged first aid kits are available for purchase but you can still assemble your own. A good kit includes bandages in multiple sizes, gauze, an antibiotic cream, painkillers, allergy medicine, hand sanitizer, and cotton swabs. To be even more prepared, consider packing a thermometer, heating pad, battery-powered radio, and any special medication that is always needed, e.g. inhalers.

2. Flashlight

Nowadays, most phones have inbuilt flashlights, but much as they may suffice, remember you need to preserve your cellphone battery power for future use. Therefore, find a heavy duty, waterproof flashlight which will enable you to take a look under the hood comfortably and make a nighttime car emergency less scary. Just make sure you have extra batteries.

3. Water bottles

Water has many uses on the road and you should carry as much as you can. Apart from drinking, you can also use water to clean oil off your clothes or pour into your radiator if your car overheats.

4. Warm clothing

Keeping blankets, sweatshirts, and other warm clothing in your trunk can be a lifesaver when the temperature drops and you’re stuck in your car without a working heater. If you live in a colder part of the country, consider storing a fleece blanket or thermal sleeping bag in your car. And in a pinch, you can always use a blanket as a makeshift tarp, towel, or window shade.

5. Spare tyre

It is not just enough to have a spare tyre, you should also know how to change it. In event of a flat tyre, you’ll also need to use a few tools—a jack, tire iron or wrench, and pipe to extract the tyre and replace it.

6. Snack

Always carry a few things to snack on, like crisps, biscuits, sweets or energy bars to help contain your hunger pangs until you get to the next meal.

7. Tool Kit

A basic tool kit can be a lifesaver in case of a breakdown. You can include items such as a tyre gauge, screwdrivers, pliers, oil, brake fluid, duct tape, antifreeze, and a pocket knife in your tool kit.

8. Emergency flares

These will come in handy in event your car stalls at a blind corner or an area with poor visibility. They will help you draw attention of the other drivers and warn them too, in the process.

9. Jumper cables

These are your only chance at salvation on occasion that you run a flat battery. Be sure to acquire good quality jumper cables and follow the instructions that come with it well.

10. Paper napkins

Always have paper napkins and if possible wet wipes to help you clean up any spills or dirt you may get onto your hands.

11. Gloves

Gloves should be combined with a first aid kit to wear whenever you need to attend to an injured person. Also be sure to include a thick set of gloves to guard your hands when you handle dangerous chemicals or extremely hot or sharp stuff.

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4 thoughts on “What to Always Carry in Your Car in Case of Emergency

  1. You have left out some very important items;
    1, Always carry your medical insurance card, you may need to be rushed to a hospital.
    2, Always carry proper identification, people helping you need to know who you are so that they can contact next of kin
    3,. Always carry emergency contacts, people to be contacted, you may be unable to talk
    4. Carry your mobile phone with you, it has important details of people you normally call.
    5. Of course always carry some cash, some remote areas may not have Mpesa
    6. Carry medical details like, blood group, drugs you are allergic to and any speceial conditions you may be suffering from

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