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Feb 19 2019

Emergency Car Kit Guide

Whether it’s your commute, a weekend getaway, or simply a quick trip to run a few errands, getting stranded on the side of the road is never a part of the plan. Unfortunately, it does happen — and while there are plenty of services that offer roadside assistance, having an emergency car kit is an easy way to feel more prepared for the unexpected. Here are a few tips to help you assemble one today.

General Emergency Supplies

A good place to begin when building your emergency kit is with the basics. Here are some items you should always keep in your car, just in case:

  • Spare tire, wheel wrench, and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Basic tool kit or multi-tool
  • Road maps, in the event your phone or gps are without reception or power
  • Blankets
  • Portable phone charger
  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reflective vest
  • Rain poncho/jacket
  • Reflective triangle and road flares

Think About Your Passengers

When making your kit, consider your passengers and their specific needs. Are you traveling with a baby or small child? Will you be bringing your pet along with you? Pack things you know they would need should you get stranded. It’s also a good idea to consider the weather as you pack your car. Here are a few tips to help you plan for different scenarios:

If you’re traveling with children:

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Snacks
  • Activities to keep them occupied

If you’re traveling with a pet:

  • Food, water and bowls
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • Any medications your pet may need

If you’re traveling and there’s inclement weather in the forecast:

  • Ice scraper and shovel
  • Sand or ice melt
  • Hand warmers
  • Winter hats
  • Spare coats, gloves, and scarf
  • Windshield washer fluid

Be Prepared With The Right Insurance

Having the right car insurance policy in place can also protect you on the road. When you work with a local Bearingstar Insurance agent, we’ll make sure to understand your unique scenario before recommending an insurance policy to fit your needs.

When it comes to preparing for the unexpected, having an emergency car kit available can make all the difference. We hope this guide helps you assemble one today, giving you peace of mind so you can get back to enjoying the open road!

Have more questions about putting together an emergency kit or protecting your car with the right insurance policy? A local Bearingstar Insurance agent would be happy to assist. Visit our website to connect with one today: http://bit.ly/2WVYd1C

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