May 13, 2022 2 min read

Studies have shown that people of New Zealand spend about 1,175 million hours every year in their cars. When you're driving, you should be prepared for any situation.

That's why having an emergency kit for the vehicle is critical. You will be safe, but you'll also have essential items to hand in case of an emergency ! Here are the must-haves for your next road trip and the benefits of having an emergency car kit.

What to Include in an Emergency Kit for a Car

While you are getting ready for your road trip, you never forget to add stuff like your swimming togs for that swim, snacks for the journey, and a CD with your favourite songs. So why leave it out an essential item that could be extremely useful in an emergency?

Here is an emergency kit for car suggested list of supplies that you should keep in a handy location in your vehicle, just in case.

  • Extra clothes
  • Blanket
  • GPS or roadmaps
  • First-aid supplies
  • Emergency Car Hammer with seat belt cutter

Apart from these, you should keep some items in the trunk of your car to deal with emergencies. These include-

  • Tow Rope
  • Air pump
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Jumper Leads
  • Basic Tool Kit
  • Torch
  • Water
  • Warning lights

Make it a habit to regularly check your car’s emergency kit, especially ahead of holiday or long distance travel. Check the expiry date of items in your First Aid Kit.

Why is having an emergency kit for the vehicle crucial?

1. Injury Accidents

We all have that fear of coming across an accident on our roads and know that we may well be the first on the scene. Having a comprehensive, well stocked emergency kit for the car will give you the confidence to be the first responder in an emergency incident while you wait for the emergency services to arrive.

2. Break Downs

Modern cars are generally reliable but break downs still occur and can occur in remote isolated places and possibly at night. An emergency kit for your car will serve you well as you wait for that help to arrive.

3. Snow, Flooding and Other Weather Events

It is not only a break down that may force you to spend time in your car waiting for help to arrive. Winter snow, flooding rains, slips and fallen trees may all mean a night waiting it out. An emergency kit will make that wait just that more comfortable.

If you do not have the time or appropriate knowledge, you can also buy emergency car kits online. Almost all cars come pre-equipped with an emergency tool kit for the car, and some also come with a first-aid kit, having all the items you might need in an emergency.

We sincerely hope that you never need to use your emergency kit for your car.

However, having one can help ensure that you and your loved ones will be as safe as possible during an emergency.

Shiva Ji
Shiva Ji

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