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Car Emergency Kits Can be a Life Saver

By Aviva Canada • Published April 20, 2023 • 2 min read

No matter where you drive, you never know when something could go wrong. You could get a flat tire, get stuck in traffic, get into an accident, have your car break down, or slide into a ditch on less travelled road.

This is why it is important to always be prepared. Part of being prepared involves having an emergency kit.

Having an emergency kit in your car can be very helpful when you are in a bind. While some people overlook the importance of emergency kits because they rely on road side assistance, the reality is that you never know how long it will take for help to arrive. 

What items should you include in your emergency kit?

While there is no limit to what items you can include in your emergency kit, there are a number of items that you may need to have. These items include:

  • A cell phone (if you don’t carry one with you)

  • First aid kit

  • Bottled water and snacks

  • A blanket, gloves, and additional warm clothing for the winter months

  • Flashlight and batteries

  • Tire gauge and Jumper cables

  • Small tool kit

Your emergency kit should have these items at a minimum, and depending on your specific situation, you may include other items. These additional items will be based on your driving frequency and the climate where you drive.

Regardless of how often and where you drive, having an emergency kit is common sense. If you don’t have one already, investing in one is not only important, it could be a lifesaver.  This article is for general informational purposes only.

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