Must Have items In case of a Car Breakdown

Driving along, you think you can squeeze by another couple of miles on empty or, you just haven’t seen a gas station in miles. Even worse, your car just dies. Try as you may to restart, the inevitable conclusion looms overhead: you’re stranded.

This is never a fun situation, but if you are prepared, you can get through it with relative ease. Every driver should carry a few vital items:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Brightly colored cloth/HELP sign
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Rain gear
  • Tarp (for covering valuables if you have to leave your car)
  • Water (especially for long trips)
  • Spare clothes
  • Waterproof matches
  • Pliers, wrench, Philips and flathead screwdriver
  • Tire changing tools
  • Pressure gauge
  • Bottle of motor oil
  • Map
  • Duck tape
  • Roll of paper towels

For those in colder climates, these items are also recommended:

  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Extra mittens, socks, and wool cap
  • Windshield scraper
  • Small bag of sand
  • Canned fruit, nuts
  • Manual can opener
  • Small broom
  • Energy bars

If you prepare adequately for a breakdown in any weather, you maximize the chances of getting through it safely.

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