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Emergency Car Kit

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 26 Aug 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Emergency Car Kits Breakdown Cover

There's nothing worse than driving along in the dark, wishing you were at home, and feeling that something has suddenly gone wrong with the car. It could be that you can't change gear, or that you've got a flat tyre. Either way, it's a scary situation, and can be alleviated a little by making sure that you are prepared for such things occurring.

If you regularly drive a car, it's a good idea to have an emergency car kit especially for those of us who have to drive late at night when it's dark and deserted.

Breakdown Cover:

If you've got breakdown cover, it couldn't be easier. There are different levels and differing prices for each level. .Usually, your breakdown company will supply you with a tax disc holder or a window sticker or keyring with their contact details on, just in case you do break down. Most of them supply you with a membership card, and it's a good idea to carry this with you in your purse or wallet so that if you do find yourself stranded, then you can get straight on the phone to them and get them to come out and fix it for you.

Of course, it might be a while before they can get out to you - although they do have priority rankings for certain situations and individuals - pregnant females travelling alone, those stranded on motorways being just two. Most of us don't bother, but it's always worthwhile having a roadside emergency kit in your boot, as you may be able to get yourself back on the road quicker than the roadside assistance can get to you.

So get hold of a big waterproof overnight bag or a cardboard box and get it filled with:

  • Water - both to drink and use in your radiator should your car overheat.
  • Jump Leads - if you have a flat battery and you're not too far away from home you could possibly ring a friend or a family member to come and give you a jump start. They should be at least 8 feet long.
  • Blanket - to keep warm if you break down in the cold.
  • Half a litre of oil - add some rubber or disposable gloves
  • Extra fuses
  • Torch or flashlight with extra batteries
  • A pillow - just in case you do have to wait a long time.
  • Flat head and Philips head screwdrivers
  • Foot pump, tyre pressure gauge and tyre repair kit
  • Rags
  • Paper Towels
  • Duct Tape
  • A pair of nylon tights
  • Spray bottle containing window washer fluid
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • A gallon of antifreeze
  • A help sign or a pen and paper to write one
  • Pocket or Swiss army knife
  • Ice Scraper and de-icer
  • Energy bars, chocolate and caffeine full drinks (coca cola, Pepsi etc)
  • Wind-up mobile phone charger
  • Travel fire-extinguisher
  • A road-atlas or map of the area you are in
  • To keep your mum happy you should probably throw in a change of clothes (including underwear) too!
Of course, you should also have a first-aid kit which includes plaster, antiseptic cream, a couple of gel hand warmers, scissors, painkillers, and an assortment of bandages and medical tape.

Now that's fine if you've got a 4x4 or a SUV to carry it all in, but you don't have to take it all. That's an extensive list, and you can alter it to accommodate what you think you are more likely to need. You should always carry the first aid kit, some motor oil, the Swiss army knife, rags, bottled water, pen/paper, a mobile phone charger (wind up ones should allow enough battery time to get help) and your breakdown information.

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