Everyone should have a fully stocked emergency car kit in their trunks all year round. You never know when you’ll be stuck on Dupont with a flat tire or have your battery die on K. Being overly prepared for emergency situations is the best way to stay safe when an unexpected situation arises. Likewise, precaution is extremely valued during a collision. Therefore, having a secondary kit kept inside the car, preferably within arms reach of the driver, isn’t only smart but could potentially be lifesaving.
Emergency Trunk Car Kit
Trunk kits should be stocked with emergency provisions that will help provide emergency maintenance for your car, protect you when stranded or be used to signal help. Although you may not feel they’re completely necessary, especially during the age of cell phones, these objects can make life a lot easier by keeping you from being unprepared even when a situation catches you off guard.
- Tire gauge, spare tire, jack, screwdrivers, wrenches, and a hammer
- First aid kit, blankets, water, snack food, and a change of clothes.
- Fire extinguisher, flares, flashlight (with spare batteries), and reflective jacket
- Radio, emergency phone numbers, cell phone, cell phone charger, and batteries
- Empty gas canister, spare oil, gallon of water, and jumper cables
Accident Safety Tools and Equipment
A fully stocked trunk kit will help you in most maintenance related emergencies; however, what if you find yourself trapped in your car after an accident on the inner loop? Worse still, what if that accident happened on the 14th street Bridge, and to keep your car out of the Potomac you crushed the passengers side doors up against the bridge’s edge, trapping your children in the back? The tools in your accident safety kit could make the difference between life and death not only for yourself, but also your children.
- Car seats. These protect your children from the force of the collision as well as from being thrown about or out of the car
- Scissors. Can help deflate airbags to give you more room to maneuver (can also be used as a belt cutter).
- Belt Cutter. This device allows you to free yourself and children from stuck restraining devices
- Window breaker. This provides an exit when doors are smashed or unresponsive
- Swiss Army knife
Safety should always be you’re number one priority no matter how much space or precautionary measures it may take. Make sure your family and friends are protected by sharing this page with them via Facebook or tell them to contact us directly to discuss any potential questions or concerns they may have about a recent accident. The consultation is free but the advice may be priceless.