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Items That Every Emergency Roadside Kit Should Include

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A roadside emergency can happen at any time, whether your car is new or old. A range of problems can cause it, from a tire failure or mechanical breakdown to running out of fuel. Being prepared with a basic emergency roadside kit can increase your safety, reduce stress, and help you get back on the road faster.

Even if you have roadside-assistance coverage or an automobile-club membership with roadside assistance, you usually need access to a phone in order to contact them and you may have to wait on the side of the road for an hour or more before help arrives. A basic kit should have essentials, but even a prepackaged kit can be supplemented with additional items if you go on a long-distance trip or have to deal with winter weather conditions.

There are a number of inexpensive prepackaged emergency roadside kits on the market. However, you can save some money and give yourself a better piece of mind by assembling your own car emergency kit after you purchase your car at Chapman Hyundai.

Here are the must-have items that should be part of every emergency roadside kit:

  • Charged cell phone. Although this item will probably be on your person, it may make the difference between getting help fast and maybe not getting help at all.
  • First-aid kit. As well as an assortment of Band-Aids, it should include adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything particular to you or your family.
  • Fire Extinguisher. It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA. Class B fires are those that involve flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes and batteries.
  • Three reflective warning triangles. While many prepackaged emergency kits contain one warning triangle, AAA says that it is better to have three that are placed 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic.
  • Tire gauge. Drivers should use the tire gauge in their car emergency kit to periodically check the air pressure in their spare tire.
  • Foam tire sealant. A quick, inexpensive way to repair many flats without changing the tire.
  • Jumper cables. They should be at least 10 feet in length and coated with at least 8-gauge rubber.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries. The flashlight should be waterproof.
  • Gloves.
  • Duct tape. It is the universal fix-it solution. Carry at least 10 feet of it.
  • Tow strap or tow rope. It should be strong enough to tow 6,000 pounds.
  • Tools. This can be anything from a small tool box full or something like a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife.
  • Rain poncho. Even an inexpensive plastic poncho is better than nothing when changing a tire in the pouring rain.
  • Drinking water.
  • Nonperishable snacks. Protein bars are a good choice.
  • Warm blanket.
  • Cat litter. It works as well as sand beneath the tires for traction.

These are just some important items that are must haves for your emergency roadside  kit. Depending on where you live and what the weather is like, it may be a good idea to stock your kit with additional items. For more information, visit a Phoenix Hyundai dealership.

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