You’re ready to help yourself (or others), right?
It’s getting late but your bestie just called and invited you over to watch your latest streaming obsession. It’s a dark and stormy night, and they live all the way across town, but the next episode is calling. So you pull on your rain boots, get in your car and head over. You’re three songs into your favorite playlist when you hear a pop and realize your tire is losing air. Oh great. A flat. Is your roadside emergency kit ready to go?
If so, no need to panic, you got this.
Having an emergency kit can mean being back on the road in a matter of minutes instead of stranded in the middle of nowhere for hours.
And being prepared won’t just benefit you. We know HiRoaders would jump at the chance to lend a tire pressure gauge or an ice scraper to a fellow driver — just because you can. And this will put you in a prime position to be able to help someone else who needs it.
Here are the items you might consider when building your emergency roadside kit. And, even if you never need it, someone else might.
Some expected, and not-so-expected, emergency kit items to consider:
Flashlight with extra batteries
The sturdier the flashlight the better (think Maglite) so you can use it for protection too.
Standard is fine but they won’t do you much good if you can’t find another car to give you a jump. But, if you have them you can always help another motorist in need of a quick jump.
Lithium-ion battery with jumper cables
The batteries can re-start your car or recharge your cell phone. Starting at $75, it’s a small price to pay for your safety.
Tire inflator with sealant
No one likes to admit they’ve never actually changed a tire but when the time comes, you’ll need these to help patch up the damaged tire.
Tire Pressure Gauge
So you know if the tire you’re inflating is actually inflating and by how much.
First Aid Kit
Band-Aids and Neosporin go a long way in a pinch.
It’s dangerous to fix your car on the side of the road at night, especially if no one can see you. Use flares to alert others to your presence or to hail down some help.
Don’t laugh. Nothing helps tires gain traction more than putting a little cat litter if you’re spinning on ice or stuck in the mud.
If you have to hike to the nearest town or gas station, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Blanket or a small sleeping bag
Can do wonders to stave off hypothermia.
If you’ve ever spent the morning trying to clear ice off your windshield with your gloves on, you know why.
Food & Bottled Water
Enough to last 2-4 days, especially if you’re taking a road trip.
Pen & Paper
It seems silly but if you have to leave a note for someone, you need something to write with.
Whether you’re building an emergency kit for yourself, creating one for a family member, or just preparing yourself to be able to help another motorist in need, with a little organization and planning you can be the one who saves the day and makes the road a safer place to drive.