Essentials for your car emergency kit

As you get into your car today - are you prepared to handle any emergency? Life is so unpredictable, you never know what is waiting for you around the corner.

Every car should have the basics of an emergency kit available at all times. Do you have one in your car? Does it contain the essential items needed in cases of emergencies?

Here is a handy list of the items that your emergency kit should contain to ensure your safety:

  • A charged cell phone - most people carry their own but it's always a good idea to have a spare in the car
  • First-aid kit - ensure that this kit is as complete as possible and include anything particular to your family
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • Tyre gauge
  • Foam tire sealant - great for repairing a flat tire till you can get to the nearest garage
  • Jumper cables - should be the longer length cables and of good quality
  • Flashlight and extra batteries- suggest a waterproof flashlight
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • Duct Tape
  • Tow rope or strap
  • Multipurpose utility tool
  • Rain poncho
  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable snacks - granola bars, raisins, peanut butter etc.
  • Warm blanket
  • Cat litter - great to assist with traction and lighter than sand
  • Map - old-fashioned we know, but if the GPS packs up, then you have a Plan B in place.
  • Fuses
  • Lighter or waterproof matches

Ensure that all the items are neatly stored in either a sealed crate or suitable container in the boot but enabling easy access should you need anything in an emergency.

Last but not least, place a list of contact details for your nearest relatives / friends in both the emergency kit and the glove box of your car. This one step alone can save you or your family's life.

    Of course on of the best ways to safe guard against an emergency is to have roadside assistance cover. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days-a-year you will always have the peace of mond of knowing someone is on the end of the phone should your vehicle experience a Breakdown.

    Wishing you a safe journey with no need to use the emergency kit - ever.