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What Should I Always Keep Inside My Vehicle?

Car Emergency Kit Item Checklist

Getting stranded on the side of the road is one of the most stressful and frustrating situations that many drivers find themselves in. Since it’s impossible to predict when you will need help with your vehicle, the best thing you can do is properly maintain your vehicle and stay prepared with an emergency kit. What exactly should you always keep inside your vehicle? Here’s our recommended checklist.

  • First aid kit
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Spare tire
  • Car jack and wrench
  • Tire wedges
  • Reflective triangles
  • Multipurpose tool and tool kit
  • Essential fluids such as oil and antifreeze
  • Paper towel and filters for pouring liquids
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Poncho
  • Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods
  • Car escape tool
  • Owner’s manual

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