No one expects to be in a car accident, but there are certain items that you should always have in your vehicle in case an accident happens to you. These things are particularly important if you're going on a road trip.
- First aid kit. This should include antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, instant cold compress, bandages, sterilegauze, and a thermometer.
- Blanket. This is useful if you get stuck in your car overnight or if someone goes into shock.
- Road flairs. Place these along the road to warn oncoming traffic to slow down.
- Reflective triangle. This is also useful in warning traffic that there’s a problem.
- Disposable camera. While many people have cell phones with cameras, cell phones can lose power. Always take photos of an accident so you have evidence of what happened.
- Pen and paper. If other drivers were involved or if there were witnesses to your accident, jot down their contact, vehicle, and insurance information. You will probably need it later.
- Bottled water and energy bar. You never know how long it will take for emergency personnel to arrive after an accident, especially if you’re in a remote location. Water and non-perishable food may keep you from suffering from dehydration and weakness caused by hunger.
- Flashlight. This will help you see what you’re doing if your accident happens after dark.
- Cellular telephone. Don’t forget your cell phone when you go on a road trip. It will become extremely helpful in emergency situations.
- Emergency contact numbers. Even if we know emergency phone numbers off by heart, you can go through shock after an accident. Having a written list in your glove box is a good idea.
CBC recently reported the story of one family stranded on the Burgeo Highway in a terrible winter storm. Their emergency vehicle kit helped keep them alive during the 21 hours that they were stranded. Click here to read their story of survival.