Top 10 Items for Your Roadside Assistance Kit

Apr 27, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Anyone who drives on a regular basis needs to keep a roadside assistance kit in his or her car. You can make it as simple or complicated as you want, but there are always a few essentials you want to have on hand in case of an emergency. You can buy pre-assembled kits that specialize in automotive issues or overall safety. Whether you buy a roadside assistance kit or create your own, you need to make sure you include at least the following items.

1. Crucial Information

Your emergency kit needs more than just the basic tools. You also need to have a few important numbers on hand, such as that of your mechanic, tow company, or roadside assistance service like AAA.

2. First Aid Kit

While your kit will focus on vehicle repairs, you also need to keep your safety in mind. Be sure to include a basic first aid kit along with some bottled water and energy bars in case you need to wait for assistance.

3. Flashlight

You don’t get to choose the time of day you have a car emergency. Include a flashlight and some extra batteries in your vehicle in case the issue occurs during the evening or night. You don’t want to fumble in the dark when you need to repair your car or find assistance.  

4. Tool Kit

Make sure to include a basic tool kit in your trunk and familiarize yourself with the implements. It should have things like a pocketknife, screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, and pliers.

5. Jumper Cables

Even if you are careful, your car’s battery may run out at some point. Keep jumper cables on hand so you only need to find a driver willing to help you out. If you don’t have any jumper cables in your car, you will need to find a driver who has them and is willing to stop.

6. Duct Tape

Since you can’t foresee all the problems with your vehicle, it helps to have duct tape on hand. It can provide a temporary solution to an incredible number of issues.

7. Reflectors

Whenever you stop your car on a busy road to make repairs, you want people to be aware of it. Because of this, you should include triangle reflectors or flares in your kit. Put them out before using jumper cables or changing a tire.

8. Snow Scraper

Unless you live in an area that never sees snow or ice, you need to keep a snow scraper in your emergency kit. You never know when bad weather will hit, and you need to be ready to clean off your car if necessary.

9. Spare Tire

If your car doesn’t have run-flat tires, make sure to include either a spare tire with the appropriate car jack and wrench or a tire patch kit in your car. Replacing or patching the tire will let you safely drive to a mechanic if you get a flat tire.

10. Tire Pressure Gauge

All mechanics suggest that you check your tire pressure every month at the very least. To get in this habit, it helps to keep a tire pressure gauge in your car. This is also perfect for your roadside assistance kit since the gauge can help you figure out if a tire is leaking. Keeping a tire gauge and other basic tools in your roadside assistance kit will help keep you and your vehicle safe.

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