Many times, drivers don’t plan for the unexpected. The unexpected always happens and usually at the most inconvenient times. To make sure you are prepared, we’ve compiled a list of must-haves to keep in your trunk all the time.

1. First Aid Kit

Be prepared for anything from small cuts to major injuries with a well-stocked first aid kit. Include things like an emergency thermal heat blanket, bandages, antibiotic ointment, scissors, a whistle, a compass, antibiotic wipes, tweezers and extra batteries.

2. Flashlight

If you get stuck on the side of the road at night, keep your cell phone for phone use only.

Use a proper flashlight, to light the dark. It operates batteries you won’t have to worry about charging it.

 

3. Safety Cones and/or Road Flares

You want to be visible to oncoming traffic. Make sure that you have safety cones and/or road flares to place around your car to alert oncoming traffic that there is a motorist in distress and drive with caution.

 

4. Jumper Cables or Portable Jump Starter

Batteries can act up unexpectedly. Maybe you left your headlights? Whatever the reason, you need to be able to get your car going. A portable jump starter will help you get back on the road without assistance from another driver. And jumper cables will come in handy when another driver offers to help.

5. Spare Tire

No all vehicles come with a spare tire. Those that do often come with a mini-tire that’s not meant for long distances or high speed. Before hitting the road, invest in a normal sized spare tire and keep it in the trunk of your car.

6. Tire Pressure Gauge

These come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular is the pen-shaped tire pressure gauge that pushes out an extender that you read to determine the PSI in your tire.

7. Lug Wrench, Car Jack, and Wheel Wedges

These tools come in handy when you need to change a flat tire. Without them, you’ll be stuck waiting for the tow truck to come and help change out your flat.

8. Emergency Kit

With inclement weather, you never know when you’re going to be stuck on the side of the road until help comes. To keep you and your passengers safe, we suggest making an emergency kit containing warm blankets, wool socks, hand and foot warmers, pens, paper, a portable USB charger, flashlight batteries, water bottles, water purification tablets, granola or protein bars or MREs, roll of toilet paper, paper towels, weather radio, matches, duct table and WD-40.

9. A Multi-tool

These are the ultimate must-have tools for any driver. They are pliers, screwdrivers, knives, mini saw and more all in in one handy tool. No need to pack the entire worship, just a multi-tool in case you need it.

10. Insurance and towing information

Whether it’s an accident or your stranded on the side of the road, always keep your insurance and towing information stowed in your glove box for ease-of-use.

No matter how prepared you are, accidents happen. That’s where Excel Auto Body can help. Give us a call at 541-880.0522 or come by the shop at 2725 Hilyard Avenue, Kamath Falls, Ore., and we’ll be happy to look at your car and help you decide on an appropriate fix that will make sure your car is repaired and protected, and ready to stay with you years to come.