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Do I Need an Emergency Kit in My Car?

And if so, what belongs in it?

In today’s day and age, many individuals are all about the fast-paced life. With technology only making it easier to live that way, sometimes, we forget some of the things we should be doing as we are so consumed with our day to day tasks. While most hop into their vehicle, drive to where they need to go, and think nothing more of their trip, the truth is, you never know when your vehicle will catch a flat or you will experience some sort of car trouble. And that is why you should have an emergency kit inside your vehicle.

Now, unlike a traditional emergency kit where everything is packed into one small container, the one the AAA recommends you have is more of a culmination of items that should be placed in various areas of your vehicle so that if you were to need them, they are there. If you’re wondering what these items are, below we share with you AAA’s emergency kit list so that you can go and get the things you need if ever you engage in an accident or a break down occurs.

  • You should always have your cell phone with you when leaving the house, although you should never use it while driving. You also want to have a car charger in your glove compartment in case your battery were to die and you needed it in an emergency.
  • First-aid kit, which can be placed inside the glove compartment and should have the essential items every emergency kit needs.
  • Blanket, which can be stored in your luggage area.
  • Drinking water as well as snacks for everyone in the car including pets if you are traveling with them. These items can be placed in the glove compartment as well as in the luggage area. The fact is, you can’t exactly plan for a wreck or a flat tire and you don’t know how long you might have to sit and wait for help to arrive. Therefore, rather than have hungry kids or someone who suffers from diabetes without anything to eat, you are prepared the unexpected.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes.
  • Road flares or reflectors, which can be stored in the luggage area of your vehicle.
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Jumper cables/jump pack
  • Traction aid such as sand, salt, or non-clumping cat litter.
  • Tarp, raincoat, and gloves.
  • Shovel

Aside from having these essential items packed into your car, the AAA also suggests that you pay attention to when they need to be replaced and replenish them when necessary. For instance, if you find that your car charger is no longer working, take the time to get a new one so you have it should you need it. If your food supply has run low, be sure to throw a few extra snacks into your glove compartment as well.

As much as we try to avoid accidents and other roadway mishaps, unfortunately, they still happen. That is why you should always be prepared and ready to handle any type of situation that might arise so you are able to react. And if you were recently involved in an auto accident in Jackson, MS or a nearby area, it would be in your best interest to contact a MS car accident attorney at the Heilman Law Group, PA. Our attorneys have the necessary skills it takes to help you recover compensation for your injuries and/or losses and will work with you each step of the way until it is obtained.

If you would like to learn more about our office and the various ways in which we can help you get through this tough time, contact us today at 601-914-1025.


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Jackson, MS 39211



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