One never knows when an accident will occur, so it is always best to be prepared. Emergency situations sometimes can’t be avoided, it is better to be safe and prepared. We have identified a few basic items that you should carry in your car at all times.
If you need to change a flat tire at night, it will be a lot easier, if you have proper light. Light sticks are great items and come in handy if you need to flag someone down or need more light while waiting for roadside assistance. They last for several hours and can help make the wait for emergency assistance seem to go a lot faster than waiting in the dark. Since most flashlights have batteries, it is not recommended to keep them inside the flashlight, because they can corrode. However, you should always keep them together in the same place and change them out at least once or twice a year, to ensure they are fresh and usable when you need them. Think of Daylight Savings Time as a good time to replace the flashlight batteries in your car.
Digital Disposable Camera
Preserving and capturing evidence at an accident scene is important. One item that can help you achieve this is a digital disposable camera. Taking pictures of everything at the scene may help in court, if your accident case goes to trial.
First Aid Kit
Keeping a First Aid Kit in the car at all times, will help you tend to minor wounds and injuries that may occur in emergency situation. Check your First Aid Kit periodically, possibly every oil change, to make sure that it is stocked with necessary items such as bandages, both large and small, gauze, Tylenol or other pain reliever, Neosporin antibiotic ointment, and scissors.
Waterproof matches are a good staple item for your emergency car accident kit. If you are stranded overnight, this item will be very useful in an emergency.
Bottled water is important to keep in the car and can serve many purposes. It can help cool your car, if it is overheated, clean wounds, and help you stay hydrated. Look for water stored in convenient packaging that does not take up much space in the trunk.
Keeping a tool kit in the car is a necessary item to have if your car breaks down. Useful items include: pliers, wrenches, tire gauge, jumper cables and screwdrivers. A spare tire and a tire jack are additional items that will prove useful in common emergency situations.