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What You Need In Your Roadside Safety Kit

February 9, 2021, 12:00 am

Winter doesn’t necessarily make roadside breakdowns more likely, but it does make them much less safe. Cold weather, harsh conditions, and narrow shoulders can create dangerous situations for both the stricken and other drivers on the road. To be safe, drivers need to be prepared. 

Here’s the thing. The best way to prevent roadside breakdowns is preventative maintenance. From regular service at a trusted automotive expert like Garfield Auto to doing the little things at home like checking your oil and tire pressure. 

But when things do go wrong, it really pays off to be prepared. Many companies have created automotive safety kits that are full of a mix of tools, safety items, and creature comforts that will make your time on the roadside possible shorter, certainly safer, and slightly more comfortable. 

There are a few important tools that go beyond what your car should already have, namely a spare tire, jack, and a tire iron. Many of these kits offer loads of options, but the key to deciding is based on what repairs you feel doing yourself and which tools you want on hand in case you have a friend or family member who may be able to make those roadside fixes as well. 

Top Tools

Everyone should have a few important items in the trunk. These include the basics like jumper cables, tire pressure gauges, and a few spare fuses. More comprehensive kits will include air compressors, a set of tools for getting into action under the hood, and possible tire repair kits. Of course, to make those repairs safely, consider adding cones, reflective stripes, and electric or chemical road flares to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. 


The medical aspect of these tool kits is often overlooked. Again, there are a lot of options, but tailor what you bring with you to what you and your family need. A first aid kit that includes bandages, rubbing alcohol, gauze, scissors, and antibacterial ointments are a given. However, it may also be useful to keep an EPI pen in the car, as well as Benadryl for those who may have severe allergies. In winter, it’s also smart to keep a heavy blanket or space blanket around to stay warm. 

Tech and Communication

If you can’t make the fix or if you find yourself in a place that’s unsafe to work on your car, you’re going to have to wait. Packing a little extra in your road kit can make this part a bit more enjoyable. Packing a fully-charged external battery will let you charge phones for hours without relying on your car’s battery and keep you in touch with help. It’s always smart to bring food and water, and we’ve been known to toss a paperback or a few magazines in the bag, too. 

Finally, even in this age of real-time information, make a plan. Let people you trust know when you’re leaving and when you expect to arrive at your destination and make sure you check-in. Have someone keeping an eye out for you can help rally help in the event that you can’t communicate from a cellular dead spot.


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