What to Include in a Roadside Emergency Kit

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Roadside Emergency Kit List Are you prepared (you know, the Boy Scout thing!) in the event you have unexpected engine trouble, flat tire, or severe weather that leaves you stranded on the side of the road?  Planning ahead with a roadside emergency kit list can mean the difference between getting back on the road safely, being safe while you are stranded, or being in danger from the elements if stranded for a long period of time.  Here are just a few recommended items you may want to consider:

Jumper cables

Don’t skimp here, have a good set of cables with multiple strand, four gauge copper wire – it helps if they work when you need them!


Jack and Tire Iron

If you have a spare tire (check to make sure it is properly inflated), but do not have the tools to change the tire, you will still be stranded.

Emergency Flares/ Markers

Use these to alert passing vehicles that you are on the side of the road, or as a distress signal for a serious emergency.


If your emergency is at night, you will have a hard time fixing anything if you do not have light – be sure you have extra batteries, too!

Small Tool Kit

Be sure to include pliers, screwdrivers (flat and Phillips head), adjustable wrench, vise grips, tire pressure gauge, duct tape, pocket knife.  Also include a Rescue Tool, specifically made to break glass and cut seat belt webbing in the unfortunate instance where you are stuck in your car or drive into deep water.

Fire Extinguisher

A small ABC fire extinguisher made for vehicles (for wood, paper, cloth,  gasoline/oil/grease, and electrical equipment).   Not often needed, but when it is needed, you probably won’t have time to borrow one!

Blanket, extra clothing/gloves, matches/lighter, bottled water, and a few snacks

If you are stuck in the cold, or for a particularly long period of time, you will appreciate having taken the time to store these in your car.

First Aid Kit

Include bandages, antiseptic cream, ice/heat compresses, and aspirin.


Two quarts of engine oil, gallon of antifreeze, and extra windshield wiper fluid.

An ounce of prevention through a roadside emergency kit list such as this is worth a pound of cure!  Even the safest drivers run into occasional problems.  Questions?  Giive us a call at Honest Accurate Auto Service:  719-638-1800 (Tutt Blvd.) or 719-598-6306 (Nevada Mesa View).

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