How To Prepare For A Roadside Car Emergency

If you drive or are a passenger in an automobile regularly, there’s very good chance that at some point in time you will be faced with a roadside emergency.

A flat tire, a leaking radiator, or a dead battery are just a few of the common occurrences we could encounter when we are on the road.


No one can predict when they’ll have an emergency on the road.

The next best thing is to be ready at all times and have a preparedness plan.

Having a minor emergency, such as a flat tire in the middle of the day when you have a cell phone handy and a friendly neighborhood mechanic on the way, is one thing.

Having a major emergency, such as the same flat tire in the middle of the night in a blizzard with no cell phone service, well, that’s the sort of emergency we want to be prepared for.

Even if you’re not a mechanic, there are certain things that you can use to help yourself during a roadside emergency.

When preparing for a roadside emergency, you want to think of two emergency kits; a car kit and a personal kit.

Your Car Kit should include:

● Work gloves
● Jumper cables
● Fire extinguisher
● Flashlight with extra batteries
● Duct Tape
● Multipurpose tool, such as a Leatherman
● Paper towels
● Windshield washer fluid
● Tire pressure gauge
● 3 road flares or reflective warning cones or triangles
● One gallon jug of water
● 2 quarts of motor oil
● Rags
● Small shovel
● Ice scraper
● Kitty litter or sand to use as traction if you are stuck in the snow
● Spare tire (filled), jack and lug wrench

Your Personal Kit should include:

● Walking shoes
● A pair of socks
● Drinking water
● Flashlight with extra batteries
● 10 Non-perishable foods such as granola, snack bars, nuts, etc.
● Blanket
● Warm gloves
● Coat
● Hat
● Boots
● Rain poncho
● First aid kit

Pack a personal kit for other family members, as well. If you’re traveling with children, you will want to pack the items they may need if you are stranded for a period of time.

Remember items such as:
● Formula
● Baby food
● Snacks
● Water
● Extra clothes
● Diapers
● Blankets
● Warm shoes and boots
● Hats
● Mittens
● Stroller or other carrier
● Games

When preparing your kits, try to imagine if you were stranded and couldn’t get home for hours.

Remember, you will be without heat, electricity, or other comforts of home.

What would you want in your car if that were the case?

Even a minor roadside emergency can be difficult.

And, even a short trip across town could leave you stranded if something happened to your car.

Prepare the best you can for these situations so you can return home safe and sound.

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Chapter 1 How to start an emergency food storage supply

Chapter 2 Bugging out

Chapter 3 How to boost mental and physical awareness

Chapter 4 How to create and hide a cache

Chapter 5 How to plan an escape route

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Chapter 6 How to escape the city

Chapter 7 How to prepare for a disaster while traveling

Chapter 8 How to prepare for an emergency on the road

Chapter 9 How to safely navigate during a disaster

Chapter 10 List of emergency resources in Utah

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