Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

Most of today’s new cars have the latest gizmos for your comfort, navigation and safety, but no car is fully equipped until there are two basic staples in the glove box: a flashlight and a tire-pressure gauge. These are the first two of many items that driversItems to Keep in Your Vehicle should have in their cars at all times for safety, for convenience and for the day the gizmos let them down. How many of these items are in your vehicle right now? How about we take a look now.

First Aid Kit

If you put your own emergency car kit together, be sure none of the items are in glass bottles or vials; put them in plastic containers with tight lids instead.

Using the recommended items below can help to assemble your own first-aid kit:

  • Absorbent compress dressings
  • Tweezers
  • Adhesive bandages (different sizes)
  • Scissors
  • Roller bandage
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Antibiotic ointment packets
  • Antiseptic wipe packets
  • Packets of aspirin
  • Blanket (space blanket)
  • Breathing barrier (with a one-way valve)
  • Instant cold compress
  • Pair of non-latex gloves
  • Hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • Oral thermometer (non-glass/non-mercury)
  • Triangular bandages
  • First-aid instruction booklet

Vehicle Tool Kit

A good vehicle tool kit includes:

  • Screwdrivers—Phillips and flat head
  • Pliers
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Electrical wire tape
  • Jumper cables
  • Set of good socket wrenches
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical wire spray
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

Also, be sure there is a jack and a lug wrench in the vehicle and that the spare tire (if the vehicle has a spare) is inflated to the proper pressure. See owner’s manual for recommended tire pressure numbers.


Additional Items

  • Flares or reflective devices
  • Energy bars
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable camera
  • Road maps
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Change of clothes
  • Automobile registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Copy of your motor club membership card
  • Shovel
  • Hat and gloves
  • Cell phone
  • Copy of your health insurance card
  • Marker and message pad
  • Emergency contacts
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window scraper/brush
  • Window washer fluid
  • Sand or rock salt
  • Thermal packs

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