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Emergency Kit Checklist for Your Car

Emergency Car Kit

It’s bad enough when your car breaks down or you get into an accident that you can’t drive away from. Being unprepared just makes a bad situation worse. While you can’t anticipate when and where a breakdown might happen, you can be sure that you are in the best position possible if and when something does go down. How? By always packing an emergency kit in your car!

So what should you include? Here is a checklist of some of the items that are very handy to have with you when you’re on the road to make you more comfortable and safer in the event of a breakdown…

Emergency Car Kit Checklist

~ Cell phone: Don’t leave home without it! You just never know when you might need it.

~ First aid kit: You can pick up a stocked first aid kit at many different retailers or specialty stores. Or you can create your own, stocking it up with important items like band-aids and gauze pads. Check out this handy resource from the Canadian Red Cross.

~ Blanket: To keep you warm as you wait.

~ Flashlight: Probably the worst case scenario for a breakdown or incident is for it to happen at night. Keeping a flashlight with you is key! You can also keep a candle in a deep can and matches to provide illumination and warmth.

~ Jumper cables: To help you out if your battery goes kaput. Plus score karma points by being in a position to help others that don’t carry cables in their vehicle.

~ High visibility gear: You need to be sure that you are visible to other drivers, especially important at night but really a consideration at any time of day or any season. Keep flares, reflective triangles and a high visibility vest with you.

~ Clothing and outdoor gear: Imagine trying to change a tire in stilettos or your best suit in a downpour. Not fun. Keep a pair of comfy shoes and some rain gear in your car.

~ Snacks and water: Keep a bottle of water and some non-perishable food with you (like granola bars or nut mix for example) so that you stay well hydrated and satiated if you need to wait.

~ Winter time goods: In the winter, it’s also a good idea to carry with you a scraper, a small shovel and extra windshield wiper fluid. You can even include some salt or kitty litter to help you deal with slippery situations.

Check out this comprehensive list from the federal government that you can print out and refer to as you prepare your own emergency car kit. Many retailers, such as Canadian Tire, also sell ready to go emergency kits.

Stay safe out there! As always, if you have any questions about car insurance in Ontario, we’re here for you.


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