Flat Tire? Bad Weather? What Should You Keep in a Roadside Emergency Kit?

Bad days happen to everyone.  Can you imagine running out of gas on a deserted rural road only to find out your cell phone is dead? Or getting a flat tire, call your roadside service, and being told there’s a three to four-hour wait time? Or running off the road in a rare Atlanta snowstorm? Or even being involved in a Georgia car crash that leaves your car disabled?
A roadside emergency car kit can help you get back on the road quickly and safely and it can help you avoid becoming an Atlanta accident victim.
At a minimum, you should have the following items in your car:
  • Two roadside flares
  • One quart of oil
  • Small first aid kit
  • Extra fuses
  • Flashlight with working batteries
  • A multi-purpose tool, such as a Leatherman
  • Tire inflator
  • A roll of paper towels
  • Pen and paper
  • “HELP” sign
A fully-equipped car emergency kit should include:
  • 12-foot jumper cable
  • Four 15-minute roadside flares
  • Two quarts of oil
  • One gallon of antifreeze
  • First aid kit with bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic cream, instant ice and heat compresses, scissors, aspirin and Tylenol.
  • Blanket
  • Extra fuses
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Flat head screwdrivers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Vise grips
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tire inflator (for example, Fix-A-Flat)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Rags
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Spray bottle of washer fluid
  • Pocket knife
  • Ice scraper
  • Pen and paper
  • “Help” sign
  • Granola bars or energy bars
  • Bottled water
It is possible to buy a pre-assembled emergency kit that includes most of these items neatly packed into a conveniently-sized bag.  If you decide to buy one, make sure you familiarize yourself with its contents before a real emergency arises.
Parents may want to keep a bag of extra diapers, baby wipes, spare clothing, a few toys, and snacks.
And, of course, try to remember to keep your cell phone charged.
This safe driving tip is brought to you by Shane Smith Law.  Our Atlanta car crash attorneys represent victims of car wrecks in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.  Learn more about your rights after a Georgia car accident; download a free copy of “Property Damage Guide for Georgia”.
If you have been injured in an Atlanta car wreck, contact our Atlanta law office at (980) 246-2656
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