The Top 11 Essential Car Survival Kit Items

It is best to be prepared for any type of emergency you may face while driving. From minor to major incidents on the road, it is best to be prepared with an essential car survival kit for whatever obstacles come your way. These survival items can help any driver in any situation.

1.  Jumper Cables

You hop in your car after a long day of work, hoping to go home. You place your key in the ignition to start the engine but to your dismay, the car won’t start up because the battery is dead.

In order to get out of this pickle, keep a set of jumper cables in your trunk. Depending on where you are, you can ask your co-workers to help jump start your car or ask another car owner to lend you a hand in jump starting your battery.

2. Flashlight

You never know when or where your car will decide to act up and it could possibly happen at night. Either a small or big flashlight kept in your vehicle will help you in your time of need whether you are attempting to fix a flat tire or investigating your engine. Keeping a flashlight in your car can be an essential car survival kit accessory. (Don’t forget to pack fresh batteries!).  

3. Spare Tire and Car Jack

A flat tire can really put a damper on your day especially if you have places to be. Even if you don’t know how you should have in case someone arrives to help you, keep a car jack and spare tire stored away in your trunk for those pesky flats.   

The Top 11 Essential Car Survival Kit Items

4. Blanket

A blanket may not be able to fix your car, but if your car has broken down on the side of the road during the cold winter months and you are waiting for help to arrive, you or your passengers may need to keep warm before help arrives.

5. Gloves

Just as you may need a blanket to keep warm, you might as well pack some warm gloves in your back seat just in case. But, other types of gloves such as work gloves that are useful if you are trying to fix minor problems on your car. They can protect your hands from getting dirty from an oil change or protect your hands from intense heat of the engine.

6. AAA Information

If you are unable to fix your car yourself it is best for any essential car survival kit to be equipped with AAA or other forms of towing services on hand. You never know when you or someone else is going to need it.

7. Ice Scraper

The weather in the winter months can be unpredictable and can be dangerous if you do not maintain your vehicle properly. An ice scraper is a great tool to have to clean off your windows and windshield as your vehicle warms up. This ensures that your vision will not be obstructed by patches of snow or ice.

The Top 11 Essential Car Survival Kit Items

8. Tire Pressure Gauge

If you are questioning if your tires are running low on air, the best tool to pack your essential car survival kit is a tire pressure gauge. It is a simple to use tool that can easily measure the pressure in your tires (psi).

9. Quart of Motor Oil

Motor oil is a crucial tool when it comes to engine function. If motor oil is not checked regularly, it can cause significant damage to your engine. Keep a quart of motor oil stowed away in your car and utilize it when you need it.

10. Non- Perishable Snacks

You may be waiting a long period of time before any help arrives. You may have broken down far away from any convenience or grocery store and it is always a good idea to have some dried fruit or granola bars packed away.

11. Triangle Reflectors

To ensure your safety as well as the safety of other drivers on the road, keep triangle reflectors in you car. Whether you are on the side of the road with a blown out tire or your engine burned out, it is your responsibility to alert any drivers passing by that you are having car trouble and that they need to be aware of your presence on the road.

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