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20 must-have items for your car’s safety kit

You never know what type of unexpected situations you might encounter behind the wheel: an empty gas tank, a mechanical breakdown, a snowstorm, an accident… At Auto Value, we take our clients’ safety to heart, 365 days a year. In this blog post, we share our top 20 items to have in your car in case emergency strikes. It’s the ideal survival kit!


Why do I need an emergency kit?

Imagine being stuck on a snowy highway for hours, waiting for ploughs to clear the way. It happened to a crowd of unlucky Quebec motorists this past winter, and it could just as easily happen to you. Now, imagine going through something similar without food, water or a way to keep warm. Sounds pretty terrible, right?

Similarly, a collision with an animal in a remote location could leave you stranded for quite some time while you wait for help. A stressful situation, especially if you or one of your passengers were injured.

One thing’s for sure: having an emergency kit in your car will make it a lot easier for you to drive with peace of mind in every season. Not only that, but your equipment could also be a lifesaver for others on the road.


What are some must-haves for my car’s safety kit?

Be prepared for whatever life throws your way by keeping these 20 items in your vehicle (you can store them in a duffel bag or a small suitcase). 

1. Water

2. Food (cereal bars)

3. Matches (in a waterproof container)

4. Candles

5. Booster cables

6. Dishcloths or paper towels

7. Emergency flares

8. Warming packets for hands and feet

9. Traction aids (or abrasive material like cat litter)

10. A change of clothes

11. A snow brush and ice scraper

12. A phone charger

13. A basic toolkit

14. A container of windshield fluid

15. A container of motor oil

16. A blanket

17. A crank-operated flashlight

18. A shovel

19. A radio with batteries

20. A first aid kit


Auto Value, your reference for a well-maintained car

Make an appointment to have your car inspected at your nearest Certified Service Center. At Auto Value, our qualified mechanics can ensure that each and every part of your vehicle is in good condition and make any necessary repairs.


Service is the difference. We get it.

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