What should a well-stocked car safety kit contain?
The supplies in a well-stocked safety kit can be used to help you in escaping dangerous wrecks, as well as provide you with means to survive a collision. Since traffic collisions can vary from minor to severe and simple to complex, a safety kit provides you with the options you need for all the scenarios you can think of and most importantly, all the ones you can’t.
Before your next drive, protect your family by verifying that your car kit has the following supplies.
Window breaker and belt cutter apparatus. A window breaker is specially designed to crack the thicker panels of windshields and car windows to create an exit when needed. Most window breakers will also have a recessed blade attached to aid in cutting tight or irremovable belt straps. If your window breaker doesn’t have a blade attached, a Swiss Army knife, scissors, or other sharp implement should be included to cut belts, deflate airbags, and cut away obstacles.
First aid/survival kit. A first aid kit is crucial to help immediately control wounds and treat injuries while waiting for help to arrive. A full list can be found on the Red Cross website, but a few essentials include bandages, tape, wool or flame-resistant blankets, pain killers, nonperishable food (to combat low blood sugar) and water (to hydrate and wash wounds).
Emergency electronics. Although almost everyone carries a cell phone these days, having an emergency backup charger or battery in your safety kit is a good idea. Flashlights and batteries are also useful for nighttime collisions as they can help signal other drivers as well as provide light for treating wounds. Lastly, a portable radio can be used to monitor traffic and weather conditions in case your car’s radio is damaged.
Emergency signals. Signaling to other motorists that there has been an accident or that you need help is made easier with road flares, reflective emergency signs, and brightly colored cloths. Don’t depend on your four-way flashers to get the message across.
Extra cash. A little money in your kit can be useful to pay tow expenses (many tow truck drivers only take cash) as well as fill gas tanks, or thank good Samaritans for helping. You never know when you may need a little extra cash.
Safety Should Be Your First Priority
Although you may not be able to prevent an accident, you can prepare for one by properly stocking your safety kit. A few essential items can help protect your family from suffering severe consequences. Before your next outing, take the time to check your kit.
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