Create your own Roadside Emergency Kit
Winter is in full force and while taking preventative measures is the best way to ensure that you make it to your destination safely and on time, there are a few ways you can be prepared if you end up in a bind on the side of the road. While most people these days usually carry a cell phone, there are certain places, especially in rural Nebraska, where cell phone service is not always dependable. In my opinion its always “better to be safe than sorry.” In certain cases, a roadside emergency kit could mean the difference between being able to get back on the road in just a few minutes as opposed to being stranded on the road for several hours, or until help arrives. In either case, you will feel a great sense of relief knowing that you are prepared for any situation. The great thing about making your own kit is that it can be tailored to your specific area and needs. For instance, if you normally have more than one occupant at any given time, you will want to make sure that you are prepared with the appropriate amount of items for each person.
A basic Roadside Emergency Kit should include:
- Jumper Cables
- Flares or Triangle Reflectors
- A quart or more of motor oil
- A gallon of coolant
- First Aid Kit
- Flash Light with Extra Batteries
- Tool Kit: Screwdrivers, Pliers, Pocket Knife, Adjustable Wrench
- A can of tire inflator such as “Fix a Flat”
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Paper Towels
- Spray Bottle with Washer Fluid
- Ice Scraper
- Pen and Paper
- Granola or Energy Bars
- Bottled Water
Keep in mind you can adjust this to fit your needs in any way. If you have children, perhaps keeping a few items for entertainment would come in handy especially if you are going to be sitting for any amount of time.
After assembling your Roadside Emergency Kit, you will want to make sure to keep the items together, whether that be in a tote, bag, or box. Remember to always keep food and drinks separate from any chemicals they may come into contact with. Most importantly, you will want it to be easily accessible in the case you may need to get to it quickly. Regularly check to make sure everything in your kit is working properly and any food or drinks you have are not out of date.
Another important part is to familiarize yourself with the contents. Battery cables are great to have if you know how to properly and safely use them. We would be more than happy to assist you in helping learn how to properly use battery cables, check the different fluids in your car, or learn how to put on a spare tire, in case of emergency.
Above all, make sure you are being safe. Use good judgement, stay clear of traffic, use your hazards, and only exit the vehicle if necessary.
Properly maintaining your vehicle will greatly reduce your chance of needing to use a Roadside Emergency Kit but in the event that you do, you can breathe a little easier knowing that you are well prepared.