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Fleet safety tip: Preparing your vehicle emergency kit

A vehicle emergency kit prepares you for the worst, from bad weather and breakdowns to collisions or fires. Make sure these items are in your vehicle to ensure your own safety and prepare for the unexpected:

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Automobile extras

It’s crucial to keep items, such as the ones below, in your vehicle. in case of a flat tire occurs or a situation where you can’t start your car again and need to jump it.

  • Jumper cables

  • Spare tire, jack and lug wrench
  • Flares
  • Reflective triangle
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Coolant and motor oil

First aid and safety items

To keep yourself and your passengers safe, stock your vehicle emergency kit with potentially life-saving items, even if you don’t think you’ll ever use them:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit including band-aids, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze, and other first aid essentials
  • Pocket knife
  • Tool kit with items like screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench, and duct tape
  • Cell phone car charger/portable charger
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Compass and Maps
  • Paper towels
  • Bottled water

Winter driving essentials

Subzero temperatures and freezing wind often bring dangerous road conditions, putting both drivers and vehicles at risk. It’s important to be prepared to take on whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Here’s what to keep in your vehicle:

  • Ice scraper
  • Shovel
  • Tire Chains
  • Sand or Cat litter for tire traction
  • Extra clothing and/or a blanket

June is National Safety Month and this week, the National Safety Council is focused on emergency preparedness. Take some time out of your day to ensure that you have all the necessary items and materials in your car safety kit to prepare for any kind of disaster or emergency that may happen.

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