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Items to Have in Your DIY Vehicle Emergency Kit

Now that it's December, you can expect to see cold and harsh weather on the way to Clifton Park, NY. The last thing you need is to deal with this time of year is a dead battery or a flat tire. While it's hard to predict the future, it's best to prepare for those occasions. Next thing you know, your phone battery is dead, making it more challenging to call for assistance. This instance is why drivers need to keep an emergency kit stowed in their trunks for the unexpected. Below are several recommendations on the best items to include in your vehicle's emergency kit:

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit typically includes minor injury necessities (Band-Aids, gauze, gloves, tweezers, medication, etc.). These items can come in handy in many different types of situations. You'll also have supplies available if you or one of your passengers sustained a minor injury. 

Escape Tool

An escape tool usually has a metal piece that can break your car window and a cutter to cut your seat belt if you ever get trapped in unsafe conditions. The escape tool is usually stored in the glove compartment for easy access. 

Jumper Cables & Portable Battery

Both of these are necessary if you think your battery is at risk of dying this winter. If you become stranded with no one else around, a portable charger can come in handy as it doesn't require a second vehicle.

Reflective Triangles

You may think these are silly to put on this list at first, but reflective triangles can be very helpful; they communicate to other people on the road that there is an emergency up ahead. Once they see the triangles, they will most likely proceed with caution instead of speeding recklessly.


Honorable mentions: extra phone charger, blanket, flashlight, batteries, water, and non-perishable foods. 


Staying prepared this time of the year is the first step to responsible driving. We highly advise keeping an emergency kit to prepare for the New York winter. If you need any auto maintenance or repairs, know you can count on the experts at Gil's Garage of Half Moon in Clifton Park, NY!

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