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Vehicle Safety Kits: What They Are & Why You Need One

The holiday season is the most heavily trafficked two months of the year, and subsequently, prone to more traffic accidents. According to Geico, one of the best was to prep for heavy traffic and bad weather is a vehicle safety kit. Safety kits can prepare you for car accidents and bad-weather driving alike, and may help you minimize the aftermath of a collision or weather-related incident.

What to Put In Your Vehicle Safety Kit

A basic kit includes the following items, many of which you can find around your home or at a convenience store:

  • Plastic container to store your supplies
  • Flashlight, including extra batteries
  • First aid kit / supplies
  • Towline (also called a “tow rope”)
  • Paper towels or spare towels
  • Bottled water
  • Snow scraper or brush
  • Granola bars & other high-calorie snacks
  • Emergency poncho / blanket
  • Matches / candles (store in a waterproof container)
  • A shovel (collapsible is best)
  • Flares
  • Basic tools
  • Sand or cat litter (to create traction for tires)

Additional Items to Consider

Depending on the type of weather you anticipate, you may want to include tire chains in your kit. A spare set of clothes (particularly warm clothes) may be useful, along with 12-hour light sticks and reflective clothing such as a safety vest. In the event of an accident, you will want a camera. If your cell phone doesn’t have this capability, purchase a disposable one to keep in your vehicle safety kit.

What to Do After an Auto Accident

If you’re involved in a car accident, safety is your priority. Call for an ambulance if necessary and move all vehicles from the road as soon as possible. This is especially important if the accident occurred in low-visibility circumstances, such as snow, rain, fog, or darkness. In such situations, it is best to warn oncoming vehicles of the accident by using roadside flares.

Always speak with a lawyer before taking legal action. At Goodman Acker, P.C., our Detroit personal injury and car accident lawyers are committed to providing victims of avoidable car accidents with the legal services they need. If you suffered an injury, we can help you seek financial compensation for your damages, including medical costs and missed wages.