5 Most Overlooked Car Safety Items
Updated: Aug 6
Having these safety items in case of emergency can make a huge difference when you’re unexpectedly stranded with car troubles:
Safety Item #1 – Fire Extinguisher
Vehicle fires can be caused by accidents or overheating and can get bad very quickly. A compact fire extinguisher that fits safely in the trunk of your car can offer you a way to put out a fire before anyone is harmed.
Safety Item #2 – Air Pump
Most cars come equipped with a spare tire to be used in case something happens to one of your regular tires. What many drivers overlook is the fact that over time, the spare tire can deflate, rendering it useless. A portable air pump ensures that your spare can be filled and ready to use, and can be used on your regular tires when they’re getting low as well.
Safety Item #3 – First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is great to have with you wherever you go in case of injury. Your first aid kit should include bandages, burn ointment, alcohol wipes, and over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol and other pain relievers.
Safety Item #4 – Flares
If you break down on the side of a busy road, a big safety concern is with the other cars that pass you by as you sit and wait for help. Making a repair yourself, like changing a tire, on the side of a crowded highway can be very dangerous as well, as drivers might not see you clearly. Using flares is a great way to alert drivers of a hazard up ahead. Make sure to space them out a good distance behind your vehicle so that drivers are alerted as early as possible.
Safety Item #5 – Blanket
When unexpected car trouble occurs, you never know how long you’re going to be stranded for. Keeping a blanket in your car during the winter months can keep you from hypothermia or even death if you get stuck in extremely cold weather without quick rescue or aid.
Here are a few other safety items that you should keep inside your vehicle in case of an emergency:
A charged cell phone for getting help fast
Reflective warning triangles
Foam tire sealant to quickly repair a flat
Flashlight with extra batteries for nighttime car troubles
Drinking water and nonperishable snacks
Windshield ice scraper