Car Survival Kit

Every driver should carry a survival kit in his or her vehicle. Here are some important items to consider:

  • Booster cables.The thicker the better. Look for four or six-gauge cables.
  • Vehicle fluids. These include windshield washer fluid, gas-line antifreeze, motor oil, transmission oil, power steering fuel, brake fluid, anti-freeze, and rags for wiping dipsticks so fluid levels can be checked properly.
  • An approved container able to hold up to four litres of gasoline.
  • Emergency flares. If you ever have to use them, remember to place them at least 15metres away from your car to give other drivers adequate warning of the problem.
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter during winter. Thiscomes in handy when stuck and wheels are spinning on ice.
  • Emergency food pack.
  • Shovel and axe or hatchet.
  • A mini air compressor to help inflate a flat tire and/or puncture seal gels.
  • A tire gauge for measuring the air pressurein your tires.
  • Spare fuses.Carry an assortment thatincludes at least one of 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 35and 30 amp fuses.
  • A flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Tool kit, including a good quality screwdriver set with a flat head, Phillips head, Robertson head, and Torx head, pliers, small hammer, utility knife, ratchet socket set, a four-way wrench, Vice-Grip pliers, rolls of electrical and duct tape.
  • First aid kit
  • A blanket (the special ‘survival’ blanketsare best)
  • An emergency candle and campingmatches
  • Road maps
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Fire extinguisher (ABC type)