What to keep in your emergency car kit

Andrew Newbound

By: Andrew Newbound

It’s vital to have an emergency kit in your car at all times, but especially in winter. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a breakdown or an accident, having an emergency kit could make a world of difference.

To make sure you have the best possible health and safety precautions on you at all times, here is a guide to what you should be keeping in your emergency car kit.

First aid kit

This is one of the most important things you should have in your emergency car kit in case of any accidents. You can buy pre-made first aid kits in most supermarkets and chemists, or you could make your own. Remember to include things like plasters, bandages, anti-bacterial wipes, mini scissors, safety pins, sterile dressings, disposable gloves and some pain relief tablets. A first aid kit will come in handy if you are involved in any scrapes, and if you have little ones in the car you’ll probably find yourself reaching for this kit on a regular basis!

Visibility equipment

If you breakdown or have an accident on the road, you need to make yourself visible to other drivers and the emergency services. Even if you stop to change a tyre in the dark, you should wear visibility equipment so other drivers can see you. Always keep a visibility jacket, a torch and a reflective triangle warning placed well behind your car to warn other drivers that you are there.

Some essential extras

You never know what will happen when you’re out on the road, so it is advisable to have a map or atlas in your car. Along with this, you should consider storing some water bottles and energy bars, matches or a lighter, a pen knife and some spare fuel – you never know when it could come in handy.

Winter saviours

There are some extras that you should include in your emergency car kit over the winter months, such as de-icer, an ice scraper and a bottle of anti-freeze.

Crucial comforts

Imagine being stuck on an open road in the middle of the night in December. Sounds awful, right? This is why you need to include some comfort items in your emergency car kit. Pack things like warm sweaters or an extra coat, a blanket, spare change, an umbrella and some wet wipes. In the summer time it makes sense to include some sunglasses and some sun cream, as it is easy to burn on an open road without any shade.

Though there are a lot of items on this list, if you spread the kit around your car you’ll barely notice its there, and over time all of the objects are sure to help you out at some point in your driving life.