Things happen when you’re driving. It’s just a simple fact of being human. Other motorists can make bad decisions when they’re navigating their route to work or home. Worse yet, problems can occur when you’re driving in a strange area or city. It can result in bad things happening, like an accident, getting lost, or getting stuck or stranded. So with human error always a possibility, don’t you think an emergency kit is a good idea to keep in your Toyota?
It’s not all doom and gloom. Odds are that you’ll never use it, at least rarely. It’s never a bad idea to be over-prepared, and here are just a few things that can be helpful — or even lifesaving — in a vehicle emergency kit.
- Quick nutrition. You should keep a few items in your emergency kit, either when you’re stuck or stranded, or for a medical condition like a diabetic incident. A few granola bars or candies, or other non-perishables like fruit snacks are good to have.
- Bottled water. Keep a bottle or two of water in your vehicle, either to quench your thirst or to help someone in need. In the winter, it may freeze, but that’s not a huge issue.
- Extra clothes. Keep a seasonal change of clothes with you. It could be in case you accidentally spill on yourself, or to assist someone in dire straits.
- First Aid Kit. You’re not an ambulance attendant, but an assortment of bandages, gauze, medical tape, and alcohol swabs can go a long way for minor injuries. At least it’s something until the injured can see a doctor.
- Basic tools. Have a small kit with screwdrivers, pliers, and a few wrenches. A tow rope and a set of booster cables can do wonders. And don’t forget the ever-versatile hammer!
Just pack it all into a box or crate and leave it in your trunk. If you happen to encounter a situation that requires something in your kit, you’ll be a hero!