7 Items to Keep in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

In the dog days of summer, the last thing you want is to get caught unprepared for an unexpected breakdown. While you'll definitely want to take advantage of a manufacturer's roadside assistance program or membership with an auto club, it's still a good idea to pack an emergency kit as a backup measure. Only you can decide what items are important for you to put in it, but we recommend including these seven:

  • A charged cell phone. This is kind of a no-brainer, but it's clearly the best way to get help quickly. Make sure to carry a car charger in your vehicle and use it to charge your phone (face down, of course) as you're driving.
  • A fire extinguisher, but only one that's been rated for both Class B and Class C fires.
  • Three reflective warning triangles. Place them about every 50 feet leading to your vehicle so as to give oncoming traffic adequate warning.
  • A first aid kit that has a variety of bandages, an antiseptic ointment or cream, adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin and any medically-necessary items you might need.
  • A rain poncho. Even a cheap one helps protect you when you're changing a tire in the pouring rain.
  • A flashlight and extra batteries. Make sure that the flashlight is waterproof, just in case you get caught in a summer storm.
  • Drinking water and no-perishable snacks. You'll want to be prepared to wait a while for assistance.

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