VIP Automotive Group recommends a standard, easy-to-assemble emergency kit for vehicles to better handle inconvenient breakdowns.
Because each car is different, needs will vary somewhat, but it’s a safe bet that an emergency kit will be indispensable for drivers who find themselves compromised. Having essential first aid and signal-oriented items in the trunk will ease the strain of waiting for roadside help.
A basic first-aid kit should include bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, rubbing alcohol or disinfectant and a pain reliever such as aspirin. In case of adverse weather conditions or when drivers may be stranded, it’s a good idea to have a blanket, water and non-perishable food, as well as toilet paper and paper towels.
Drivers should keep road flares and traffic cones in the car trunk in case they need to communicate distress signals or to warn oncoming traffic of the vehicle’s presence. Additionally, a fire extinguisher, jumper cables, a shovel and a Swiss army knife can come in handy.
The group recommends restocking the kit every year.