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What to Keep in Your Car in Case of an Emergency

by Arthur M. Elk

No one likes to spend time thinking about the possibility of a life-threatening collision out on the road, but sometimes auto accidents are completely out of one’s control. If you’re involved in a car accident, experienced attorneys at our firm can handle any legal or financial ramifications. Unfortunately, I can’t be there for you in those first critical moments when disaster strikes. What I can do is give you some advice on how to assemble a basic roadside emergency kit.

First of all, a first aid kit is a worthwhile investment. If you’re injured in an accident and far from help, bandages, antibiotic ointment, and rubbing alcohol are helpful to prevent infection and treat minor scrapes and cuts.

It’s also good to have jumper cables or a portable jump box on hand in case you find yourself with a dead battery. According to DMV.org, drivers should bring along extra containers of applicable fluids, such as motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and antifreeze.

A few other essentials can come in handy during an on-road crisis including a blanket, a flashlight, maps, a snow scraper, road flares, and non-perishable food items. In addition, an auto escape tool, which is a device designed to help drivers break through windows, can be clipped to your keychain and used if you become trapped in your car underwater.

It’s true that you can never be too prepared because sometimes accidents are unavoidable. If you were involved in a wreck, a dedicated car accident lawyer from Elk + Elk would be happy to represent you and help you work toward a positive outcome.