Emergency Car Kit in Case of a Car Crash

Emergency Car Kit in Case of a Car CrashCreating an Emergency Car Kit

Many people believe that with their cell phone and their roadside assistance program, they don’t need   an emergency car kit.  However, on a day when many people experience a weather-related car crash, or end up in a ditch, the odds of your car being the first one towed are pretty slim.  An emergency car kit could mean the difference between a comfortable wait for assistance and a very cold and uncomfortable wait.  In the right circumstances, an emergency car kit could even save your life.

There are two categories of items to collect for the emergency car kit.  Things that protect yourself include things to keep you warm, dry, protected, and, in some cases, back on the road.  Things to assist others in assisting you include items which make it easier for others to help you in an emergency, if the wait for roadside assistance is too long.

Things to Protect Yourself

  • Antifreeze
  • Blanket
  • Boots
  • Candle stored in a metal can, such as a coffee can
  • Car fire extinguisher
  • Cell phone charger
  • De-icing fluid
  • First aid kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Ice scraper
  • Non-perishable food
  • Oil
  • Reflective triangles
  • Water
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Wool socks

Things to Assist Others in Assisting You

  • Cat litter for traction on the ice
  • Duct tape
  • Escape tool including a window breaker and seatbelt cutter
  • Flat tire inflation canister
  • Jumper cables
  • Paper towels
  • Small shovel
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Tool kit
  • Towing strap

In addition to packing emergency car kit items into the car, it is important for every driver in the family to know the items are available and what their purpose is.  For example, every driver in the family should know how to set off the flares, and where the flares and reflective triangles should be placed on the roadway.  Drivers should understand the importance of keeping the tailpipe clear of snow, in the unlikely event that the snow becomes deep enough that it could become obstructed.

Winterize Your Car

Now is a good time to take your car to your favorite mechanic for a quick once over.  You want to make certain that your battery is in good condition.  Additionally, it is a good idea to check th e breaks, the heating and defrosting mechanisms, and the headlights and taillights.  Your mechanic should check the levels of antifreeze, oil, and windshield washer fluid.  Additionally, the tires should be checked to make certain there is sufficient tread for safety.  Finally, it cannot be stressed enough, keeping gas levels at a half a tank or higher can be its own emergency protection kit.

Stay Safe this Winter

At Hilton & Somer, LLC, we hope you have a safe and happy winter.  However, if you find yourself or a family member struggling to recover from a car crash, let us help.  Our attorneys are well versed in personal injury law.  We are happy to meet with you to determine whether you have a case. We do not charge for consultations or representation, unless we win your case.  Call us today to discuss your situation at 703-782-8349.

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