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diy car emergency kit

The new year is a good time to start fresh—new goals, clean home, and prep for the upcoming year. One of the things I always overlook is making sure I have supplies ready in case of an emergency while on the road. As I write this it makes me nervous to know that we traveled a thousand miles over the holidays without making sure our emergency kit was in tip-top shape.

So if you’re like me and (thankfully) haven’t had to open your car emergency kit in years or don’t have one now’s the chance to start the year prepared.

You can purchase ready-made car emergency kits, like this one, that contain just about everything you may need while facing an emergency on the road. If you already own some of the items that come in a ready-made kit, you can save a few dollars and create your own DIY car emergency kit.

Whether you’re purchasing a ready-made kit or gathering supplies to make your own, here are a few important staples to include:

  • Jumper cables – so crucial if your car won’t start
  • Flashlight and spare batteries – opt for long-lasting LED one so you won’t have to change the bulb often. You can also get a had crack flashlight so you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries.
  • Road flares – if you need to pull of on the side of the road at night, road flares are important to let other drivers know you’re there. This rechargeable LED road flare lasts for 50 hours and holds a charge for 90 ninety days.
  • Small tool kit - most newer cars include a set of basic tools, like screw drivers. If yours doesn’t you can pick up a set at your local home improvement store or auto parts store.
  • Work gloves - useful when you have to change a tire
  • Poncho - or raincoat incase you’re having to change a tire when it’s raining
  • Utility or pocket knife
  • Duct tape – because it can fix just about anything right? You never know when it’s just what you need!
  • First-aid kit – you can purchase small kits that contain basic first-aid supplies. If someone in your family has special medical needs, include those supplies too.
  • Blanket – if you live somewhere where it gets cold, you may want to include a thermal blanket as well incase your car breaks down when it’s frigid out.
  • If you making your own kit, reuse an old tool bag to hold all your supplies.

Hopefully you won’t have to use any of these supplies, however, you’ll now be able to drive with the peace of mind knowing that if something should occur, you’re now prepared. Is there something else that you would also include?

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