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What to Put in Your Car Safety Kit

Why do you need a safety kit for your car?

Anything can happen on the road. If you are driving in unsafe weather conditions, find yourself in a crash, or get caught up in a moment of civil unrest on the road, it’s important to make sure that you and your loved ones have a safety kit prepared.

Car safety kits should be kept in the trunk of your car or in a more accessible place inside your car where they will be out of the way. These kits should contain a variety of items to help keep you safe during an emergency situation, but what exactly should be in them? We’ve put together a list of the most vital items that should be a part of your car safety kit.

Spare Tire and Jumper Cables

spare tire and jumper cables

Having a spare tire not only saves you from being stranded on the road, but saves you a phone call to roadside assistance. A spare tire, along with a wrench, will be crucial in moments where you find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Get back on the road quickly with one of these in your trunk.

Many spare tires are limited use tire substitutes, or “donuts”, and perform poorly in inclement weather or for long stretches of driving. We also recommend practicing the changing of a spare tire before an emergency happens.

Additionally, jumper cables will be especially useful on long road trips if your car battery decides to go out on you. Having jumper cables as a part of your auto emergency kit will help you get home safely.


safety headlamp

While most smartphones have flashlights in their design, it’s still important to have a regular flashlight as part of your safety kit. If you choose to only rely on your phone’s flashlight, you may find yourself in the dark if you need to make a call for help. Standard flashlights will not only illuminate your surroundings more effectively than your phone, but also allow you to do other things with your mobile device if need be.

First Aid Kit

LifeSecure first aid kit

A safety kit staple, first aid kits are one of the most important things to have as part of your car safety kit. A good first aid kit should include bandaids, disinfectant wipes, aspirin, and more. Having a first aid kit can be the difference between life and death while waiting for medical personnel to arrive at an emergency.

Phone Charger

portable phone charger

The last thing you need while stranded on the road is for your phone to be dead. Make sure you have both a regular phone charger that can be plugged into a wall and a car charger so that your phone will be ready in the event that you need to make an emergency call.

Nonperishable Foods and Drinking Water

emergency drinking water

If stranded, food and water can become the most important item in your car safety kit. Nonperishable items, such as canned or dried foods, will help you sustain yourself until you can find other sources of food. Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated, so make sure that you have drinkable water on hand as well.

Reflective Safety Vest and Rain Poncho

car safety kit emergency

In the event that you must leave your vehicle in the middle of the night to seek help, a reflective vest will make sure that drivers can see you. Not only will a reflective vest make it less likely that you’ll be injured by a car, but it’ll also draw attention to you so that drivers or other pedestrians can lend you their aid. According to the NHTSA, 75% of pedestrian fatalities happen in the dark, so it’s important to make sure that you stand out among a sea of cars to not only get the help you need, but to stay safe while doing so.

Should you have to leave your car during a storm, a poncho will help you stay dry, and thus is another good addition to your tool kit.

Blankets and Winter Weather Tools

car safety kit winter

Blankets are a necessary part of your car safety kit, especially if you’re traveling in cold weather. If stranded in freezing temperatures, a blanket will help you and your family members fight off hypothermia. Other items to include in your car kit during cold weather include warm clothing, instant hand warmer packages, a snow brush, and an ice scraper.

Where to Find These Items

LifeSecure has a variety of car safety kits to suit your needs. A leader in emergency solutions, we have many kits of different sizes to help you stay safe while traveling. Our kits are comprised of several combinations of these items and more to keep you prepared for an emergency situation. Take action before it’s too late and put together your car safety kit today!

David Scott
David co-founded LifeSecure in 2005, just a few months before Hurricane Katrina taught everyone that one can go hungry and thirsty in America and even die before help arrives. For over a decade David has focused on developing and discovering superior emergency and disaster survival solutions - kits and supplies. He has trained community groups in emergency preparedness, helped non-profit organizations prepare emergency kits for needy individuals, conducted community emergency response exercises, and developed emergency plans for non-profit organizations. David makes an ongoing study of how best to prepare for and respond to various natural and man-made disasters, and his mission has been to help others “live Life SECURE” every day by preparing for what may come someday.