If you’re a driver, you need to make sure you have an emergency car kit in the car at all times. Being prepared for any eventuality is much better than breaking down and realising that you need one when it is too late. Breakdown cover lulls drivers into a false sense of security – especially because you assume that help is only a phone call away, and it won’t take very long for them to get there at all.
What you do need to remember is that you can break down anywhere. From breaking down in a car park on a sunny morning to having your engine sputter and konk out in the middle of a solitary country lane on a cold dreary evening, you should always be prepared and know what to do next. While you can’t predict the future or know when and where you might breakdown, you can prepare for it with a car emergency kit that will fill the gaps whilst you wait for help to come.
Emergency car kit checklist
1. A fully charged mobile phone
While you might have an Android or iPhone on your person, it’s no secret that their battery life can be awful. If you have a backup brick phone in your car, it will come in handy should your phone run out of battery.
2. A First-aid kit
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antiseptic cream
- An epipen
3. A Warning Triangle
Place the warning triangle 45 metres behind your car In the event of a breakdown.
4. A Tire Gauge
A tire gauge allows you to check the air pressure in your spare tire, as well as the other tires on your car.
5. Foam sealant
A cheap, quick and simple way to repair flats without having to change the tyre.
6. Jump cables
Jump cables help when your car has a flat battery – or when someone else’s does. Your jump cables should be the minimum of 10 feet in length and coated with an 8-gauge rubber.
7. A Waterproof Torch and extra batteries
A torch will help you if you’ve broken down in the dark. It will also help you look at the finer details under the bonnet of the car.
8. Old tea towels and rags
Old rags are great for cleaning yourself up or acting as a mat if you have to get on the floor to look under the car.
9. Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
A leatherman or Swiss Army Knife comes in handy for many occasions.
10. A waterproof coat
It rains 364 out of 365 days a year because of British weather.
11. Duct Tape
Duct tape is the universal solution – almost everything can be held together with it.
12. Thick gloves
Thick gloves are a godsend and will help protect your hands against burning and dangerous chemicals and materials.
A bottle of water will help keep you rehydrated.
14. Long life snacks
Whether it is a Mars bar, protein bars or cereal bars, they all have a really long shelf life and could be the sugar boost you need.
15. A warm blanket
If you break down and it is cold or during the night, you and your partner will be warm.