9 Essentials for Your Roadside Emergency Kit

December 22, 2020
9 Essentials for Your Roadside Emergency Kit

We’ve all heard stories from friends or family members getting stranded on the side of the road. Precarious weather conditions and other factors can catch us off guard in an instant. Having a well-stocked emergency kit can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe and comfortable in the event that you’re stranded for an extended period of time. Here are some essentials for your roadside emergency kit.

Jumper Cables

Car batteries can be impacted by extreme weather conditions, especially during the winter season when the sub-zero temperatures kick in. Jumper cables are essential to store in your vehicle at all times in the event that you’re left with a dead battery. It’s also a good idea to learn how to use them properly.

Triangle Reflectors or Flares

During the fall and winter seasons, the days grow shorter and darker. Triangle reflectors and flares can keep you safe by illuminating your vehicle and helping other drivers steer clear. They can also signal to other drivers that you’re in need of assistance if it’s dark out and visibility is limited.

Extra Motor Oil

We recommend having at least an extra quart of motor oil in your vehicle at all times to fill up in the case of an emergency.

Coolant

Coolant is used in the vehicle’s engine. It helps to prevent it from freezing during those icy cold temperatures or overheating during the summer. It’s an important item to keep in your car at all times to protect your engine from intense weather.

Flashlight and Batteries

If you need to change a tire or simply see the roadway when stranded, a flashlight will be necessary. Make sure you keep extra batteries on hand! 

Ice Scraper

Every Canadian knows the pains of scraping away caked-on ice along the windshield and windows. An ice scraper should be parked in your vehicle as soon as the fall season arrives.

First Aid Kit

If you’re injured, cut yourself while changing a tire or need an antihistamine after coming in contact with an allergy, a First Aid Kit can be lifesaving in some scenarios. Keep yours fully stocked and easily accessible.

Blankets

Our winter season can bring along extremely cold temperatures that can increase the risk of hypothermia if you’re stuck in your vehicle without heat. 

Cat Litter

Having some cat litter stored in your truck can provide the traction that’s needed on snow and ice, and get you back on the road quickly. 

Having an emergency kit stored away in your vehicle is the best way to ensure you have what you need to stay safe during any unforeseen circumstances while driving. If you need to service your vehicle before taking it out on the road this winter, contact us at Seaway Hyundai and we will get your vehicle prepped!