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Are You Keeping These Vital Emergency Items in Your Car?

Changing Flat Tire

If you’re planning to take a road trip any time soon it’s important that you keep safety equipment and emergency items in your vehicle. It’s not just about being responsible: these items could seriously save your life if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Do you keep these vital items in your vehicle?

Reflective Cone

You should keep a small, deployable reflective cone in your vehicle. If you break down on the side of the road and need to get out and work on your vehicle to get it operational again, then you’ll want to be able to alert other drivers to the presence of your vehicle on the side of the road. That’s where a deployable reflective cone comes in!

Just set it up beside your vehicle and a bit back from it so that drivers can see it on the shoulder. This will indicate to them that there is a vehicle on the shoulder that they need to move to avoid. Without such a cone, even sitting in your vehicle on the shoulder can be difficult, as other motorists might not notice the vehicle with its lights turned off.

Jumper Cables

Make sure you keep a set of jumper cables in your car in case your battery dies. That way, all you need is the help of someone with a functional battery, and you can be on your way again. Don’t count on others to have these cables: you can’t go wrong by keeping your own set on hand in the vehicle.


If your car breaks down at night, you’ll want a flashlight. For one thing, it can show you what you’re looking at while you’re trying to work on the engine to get it running again. For another thing, it can be helpful to find your way if you’re looking for something off the side of the road. It also helps motorists see you as a pedestrian.

Spare Tire, Car Jack, Tire Iron

These three all go hand-in-hand. If your car pops a flat tire, you’ll be glad you’ve got the tools on hand to fix it. Having to wait for a roadside assistance company to send someone to change the tire for you is both time-consuming and expensive. Why not just keep these items in your car and fix it yourself if you pop a flat? That way you can keep moving and save yourself some money in the process.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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