It’s officially summertime, and what better way to enjoy your summer while keeping safe on the road! Be prepared when traveling anywhere with a summer emergency car kit. This will give you peace of mind and a backup plan if anything goes wrong while driving. Keep your family safe by thinking ahead, especially if you’re traveling out of town. Or even if you’re just driving around town! Here is how to get started on preparing the perfect summer emergency car kit.

1. Spare tire

Now, this one is mostly common sense, but if for some reason you are driving without a spare, get one right away. This simple addition to your emergency car kit will save you! Getting a flat tire during the summer is more common because of heat, potholes, and summer traveling on all sorts of roads and distances. Also make sure you have a jack and a lug wrench to safely put on a new tire if needed.

2. Jumper cables

Another item that you should add to your summer emergency car kit is jumper cables! Ever leave your car lights on by accident? Having jumper cables will save you and your car battery. Talk to your local mechanic to find out where to get the best jumper cables for your car!

3. Extra water and snacks

No one ever plans on breaking down somewhere, but it still happens unexpectedly! Be prepared for the worst of situations with extra gallons of water and snacks to help you if you are stranded for any length of time. Plus, if anyone in your family has diabetes, this is especially important to have on hand at all times. Having water on hand during the hot summer months is a great way to stay hydrated as well!

4. First aid kit

If you are traveling with lots of family and friends, a first aid kit is important to have on hand. It should include gauze, bandages, ointment, adhesive tape, and tweezers. You could even store an EpiPen to be safe in case any allergy problems arise. Better for you to have more than you need than not enough. Stay safe on the road with all of these in your emergency car kit!

5. Flashlight

This is a simple but very effective tool to have in your emergency kit! If you break down at night, you will need this to help find the problem in your vehicle. Get an LED flashlight so the batteries will last a long time if needed!

We at Harris Automotive hope these simple tips have helped you get a good idea of what you will want and need for a fully loaded emergency car kit for the summertime! Start building your own summer car kit with what is suitable for you and your family. It’s always better to have more than enough to ensure your safety!

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