Take a few minutes this weekend and put together a roadside emergency kit for your car – with summer vacations and travel imminent, this is the perfect time to put a little peace of mind in your trunk!
Disposable surgical gloves available at Wal Mart etc can keep your hands dry and clean without sacrificing dexterity. If you're lucky to have an account with the Auto Club and your cellular phone works, or are driving a Caddy with OnStar, help is only a phone call away. When it comes to commuting or traveling any lengthy distance, a roadside emergency kit can mean the difference between getting back on the road or being stuck for a long period of time.
Granted, all these items practically necessitate a Ford Excursion to haul them down the road, but a basic version with two roadside flares, a quart of oil, small first aid kit, extra fuses, flashlight, Leatherman Tool (or any other multipurpose tool commonly containing pliers, wire cutters, knife, saw, bottle opener, screwdrivers, files and an awl), tire inflator, rags, pocket knife, pen and paper and a help sign will take up a minimal amount of trunk space. Before you actually use your kit in an emergency situation, take some time to familiarize yourself with the items you've collected and how to use them properly. Unfortunately, there isn't "one tool for all roadside emergency needs." But with a little planning and a smidgen of trunk space, an emergency roadside kit can often save the day. Any Wal-Mart or any decent auto parts store carries basic roadside emergency kits; I suggest you purchase one and then augment it with several additional items.
Then just find a suitable bag (a small nylon gym bag would be fine) to hold everything and put it in your trunk. A roadside emergency kit is the one item that every vehicle should have; yet most of us never carry any of the basic items to help you get back on the road quickly and safely.

While these kits contain the basics in a small convenient carrier, you might want to augment yours with a few of the items listed above to suit your needs. Also remember that the most important item is your own good judgment - stopping to change a tire in the high-speed lane is only an accident waiting to happen. When an emergency does occur it is important for the driver to take the right steps so that everyone in the vehicle remains safe until help arrives. Not only does it add extra weight for driving in snow, but it’s also easy to break open and scoop out for getting out of spots where your tires might be spinning on ice or mud. In order to successfully accomplish this there are measures that the owner of the vehicle must take, using his or her emergency roadside kit.
On my own vehicles I always up grade this item, as well my family cars or anyone that should know. Getting out, you see that the left rear tire is flat and you're already running on your spare.
I agree with your E-KIT for all vehicles at all times, you never know when you or someone on the road may need it. Standard items include flares, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, a flashlight with spare batteries, a cellphone charger, a tire iron and jack, and tires. Each of these items can be used in the event that a vehicle malfunctions, has a flat, or some other emergency that requires the driver to pull over.

Again Thanks, I would ADD this to your E-KIT and just ask anyone to try changing the tire when the time is safe (test run) and see how they do. On a road by yourself late at night and that person is your kid or wife and a flat is a bad opportunity. A spare tire will help get the driver back on the road until a replacement tire can be purchased.In the event that a flat or any other emergency occurs at night, a person must be able to see what is on the road around them and what they are doing.
A first-aid kit will come in handy in the event of an injury, such as minor cuts if the car is involved in an accident or if a person is injured while repairing the car.In addition to the basics, there are other items that people may want to include in their kit, such as non-perishable food and bottled water. In the winter months, a blanket should be stored with the kit to help keep passengers warm. Additional clothing, such as gloves and a rain coat, are also items that may prove useful, as will a hat which should be kept in the car not only during the winter but also during the summer months to provide protection from the sun.In the event of an emergency it pays to be prepared. If an emergency occurs while on the road, the driver’s first responsibility is to safely make it to the side of the road for both his or her protection and the protection of others.

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