Driving is always dangerous, which is just one reason you should have a well-stocked emergency kit at all times. In addition to the basics like a spare tire, jack, and jumper cables, there are a few things every car should have. For example, does your car have a fire extinguisher? A first aid kit? Randall Noe CDJR has compiled a list of things to include in your roadside emergency kit.
You never know when disaster is going to strike. The DMV suggests including a first aid kit in your emergency kit, one that has Band Aids, gauze, and antiseptic. Aspirin can thin blood if someone’s having a heart attack, but it works equally well on headaches. Tweezers can help with splinters, and cotton balls have many purposes.
Carry fresh water and non-perishable food, especially if you’re driving into remote regions. Most people can go weeks without food, but you can die in mere days without enough water—especially in Texas heat.
Finally, bring a tarp and duct tape. You’d be surprised how often a waterproof surface will come in handy, and some tarps can double as blankets. With duct tape, the possibilities are endless. You may even be able to perform basic repairs with a simple roll of high-quality tape.
Other important things to include are a flashlight, baby wipes, and a multipurpose tool. Above all else, restock your kit regularly to make sure you’re always prepared for the worst.