What should you have in the trunk of your car in case of an emergency?
I’ll give you a hint- it’s not a cat. While they are cute, they are not very helpful in a crisis. Below is a list of some more helpful things to keep in the car.
Recommended items to have in the car in case of emergency
- Cell phone car charger
- Jumper Cables (be sure you know how to use them)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Flares & Reflective triangles
- Bag of sand or kitty litter (to help if stuck in ice, snow)
- Small shovel, snow brush and ice scraper
- Extra windshield solvent
- Blankets and extra clothing
- Nonperishable food items and water (e.g.. snack bars)
- List of emergency telephone numbers on a card in the glove compartment
- Auto club card (AAA or roadside assistance)
Here is another post with a list of what to keep in the car glove box.
It is always a good idea to keep the gas tank at least half full at all times, especially in the winter.
If you are like me, you probably have napkins and straws from fast food restaurants and other assorted items in your glove box in the car. It can be a nifty storage place, but it’s main purpose is to keep some important documents related to the car.
It is very important that you keep all of the necessary documents in the car glove box. These items will be necessaryif you are stopped by a police officer or have an auto accident. Not having these items can result in your receiving a ticket (citation) from a police officer.
*Some host parents may tell you to carry these in your wallet instead of keeping them in the car. Follow their instructions.
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Vehicle Owner’s Manual
- Map or GPS
- Tissues and Hand Sanitizer
- First Aid Kit
In Your Wallet
Carry your Maryland license or country driver’s license and international driver’s permit with you at all times, especially when you are driving. You should leave your passport and Social Security Card and other documents at home, to reduce the risk of losing them