Packing a Roadside Emergency Kit

Nothing compares with the beauty of cruising through Woodstock in the fall: the crisp breeze, the changing leaves, and freedom from that stifling summer heat. And there’s no better accessory to your next great adventure than a washed, waxed, and gleaming automobile. Autumn offers an endless array of festivals, bonfires, and school field trips that will have you relishing the road as you dart from one experience to the next. But nothing puts the brakes on enjoying the season like unexpected car trouble. Taking a few minutes to pack a basic emergency car kit might save you hours of anxiety down the road.

car jumper cables helpEmergency car kits have two basic categories: personal supplies and car care materials. If a flat tire or engine trouble suspends your afternoon plans, both kinds of preparation are essential to getting your day back on track. Pack additional supplies based on what your family needs to survive, and check your kit regularly to make sure first aid equipment, provisions, and liquids like car oil and antifreeze haven’t been contaminated.

Personal Supplies

  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Cell phone, charger, and emergency phone numbers
  • Spare cash and change
  • Compass and road maps
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Blanket

Car Care Supplies

  • Basic tool kit
  • Spare tire and tire gauge
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Roadside flares
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Oil and antifreeze
  • Duct tape

Whether you’re zipping around town or planning your next holiday road trip, preparing a car emergency bag lets you take off on your next adventure with peace of mind. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to shine your ride before exploring the concerts, crafts, and concessions of your favorite Woodstock fall festivals.

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