Tips for Building an Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle from Graff Mt. Pleasant
As a vehicle owner, you should always have some sort of emergency kit in your car. While the items in an emergency kit may not be used on a regular basis, accidents can happen, and you'll want to be ready prepared just in case. As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to arrive in late fall, bad road conditions can increase the chances of accidents occurring. Now that the seasons are changing, we’ve put together a few lists of items we believe would serve you well in any sort of emergency situation. As noted below, every driver and their passengers have different medical or lifestyle needs, so use these lists as a starting point and customize to your preference. Maintain your safety on the road and use our tips below for building a comprehensive emergency vehicle kit this fall!
Emergency Kit Essentials
- First Aid Kit – Yours and your passengers’ safety is the number one priority. No matter what the situation, keeping a first aid kit in your vehicle is essential. You should keep Band-Aids, Neosporin, ibuprofen, medical tape, and other standard first aid kit supplies in your car all year round, as well as any specific emergency medications like EpiPens or inhalers.
- Jumper Cables – In case yours or another vehicle’s battery dies, jumper cables can help jumpstart it by using electricity from another vehicle. Make sure you have your own pair of jumper cables to eliminate your reliance other people in an emergency situation.
- Emergency Money – No matter what type of situation you end up in, emergency cash always helps. If you need a tow truck or gas, emergency money is necessary, since not all businesses or persons are able to accept credit or debit. Keep it hidden out of sight in your car to reduce the chances of theft.
- Flashlight – Whether you’re stranded in the dark, need to inspect something under your hood, or lose anything on the road, your flashlight can help you see what you're looking for, regardless of the amount of light outside. It can also help other drivers see you in the dark if you're stuck without lights.
- Cell Phone Charger – An extra cell phone charger can make your needs accessible even if your cell phone has gone dead! This is especially helpful if you're on roads without much traffic. Keep a charger compatible with your phone in your glove box year-round.
- Food and Water – You could be stuck in your vehicle for a long period of time, depending on the severity of the situation. You’ll want to keep food items that have a long shelf life and are full of protein to keep you full longer. Water can be used to clean up messes and spills and can relieve your thirst in any situation.
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Cold Weather Essentials for Your Emergency Kit
- Warm Clothing – Keep an extra jacket, gloves, and warm socks in case you end up stranded in the cold weather. Prevent yourself from getting too cold while you wait in your vehicle for help to arrive with extra layers of warmth.
- Shovel and Ice Scraper – You can find these two winter essentials in almost any hardware store. These items can remove snow from your vehicle and windshield, dig yourself out of snow, and increase your visibility on the road.
- Blankets – Warm clothing is important, but blankets can also keep you warm and can even help clean up messes in your vehicle. You can store them pretty easily in your emergency kit, too.
- Sand or Kitty Litter – If you find yourself stuck and stranded in the snow, kitty litter and sand put in front of or behind your wheels can provide better traction on the snow and ice helping you get out of tricky situations.
- Hand or Foot Warmers – You can fit these small packets in your shoes or gloves to provide heat while you’re fighting off the cold weather. They provide a quick boost of warmth and will make a huge difference while you wait for assistance.
Schedule a Fall Car Care Appointment at Graff Mt. Pleasant
While putting together an emergency kit is a great way to prepare, there are a handful of maintenance services you should also take care of to keep your vehicle in good running condition. In fact, routine maintenance is one of the best ways to avoid emergencies on the road! Our team of ASE Certified technicians can inspect, repair, and replace any component on your vehicle. Because they're experienced, they'll also be able to look out for any warning signs for damage. You can take Graff Mt. Pleasant’s Fall Car Care advice and schedule a service appointment at our Chevrolet or Buick GMC Cadillac location online to ensure your vehicle's safety and well-being. Feel free to give our Chevrolet dealership a call at (989) 773-3937, or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership at (989) 773-3917 for any questions you might have. We proudly serve the Mid-Michigan area, including Mt. Pleasant, Midland, Alma, Clare, Big Rapids, St. Louis, Ithaca, and beyond!