Having an emergency car kit can save your life, especially in extreme temperatures. Below are some of the most important things to keep in your car.
First, you should always keep dry snacks like granola bars and bottled water. If you end up stranded somewhere for several hours, getting dehydrated or weak from hunger is the last thing you want. You should also have a flashlight, blankets, and a warm change of clothes. It’s also a good idea to keep a cheap prepaid cellphone in your car in case your normal phone dies.
If your car breaks down or the battery dies, you’ll want to have jumper cables, extra coolant, motor oil, and a spare tire or tire sealant so you can make easy repairs. Keep a toolkit as well, and a can of tire inflator plus a pressure gauge.
For winter weather situations or just during heavy rain, make sure you have an ice scraper and something you can pour around your tires to help you get out of mud or a snowbank, like cat litter or salt.
If you get stranded in a place without a signal and can’t get a hold of anyone to help you, you may want to have flares to set off, and you should keep reflective emergency triangles to put by your car so you don’t get hit by oncoming vehicles.