Update Your Car Emergency Kit for Summer

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A car breakdown can ruin the most well thought-out holiday plans. Reduce stress during summer driving by including some much-needed items in your car emergency kit.

Routine maintenance will keep your car in good condition, and will ensure that you can get through summer driving without a hitch. However, even well-maintained cars run into problems on the road like screws and nails or an unnoticed pothole. Ensure that your car emergency kit has a few staples that will help tide you over during a summer breakdown. If you're still driving around with a winter emergency kit, throw out that snow shovel, and make place for items in your kit that you will find useful instead.

Car Maintenance/Repair items

Your emergency car kit for summer should include these items.

  • Fuses
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Spare tire
  • Tow straps


Also use windshield sunshades when parked to keep your interior from cracking. Take along a one-gallon empty gas container to use if you run out of gas.

Emergency Supplies

In the event of a breakdown, especially at night, you will need access to specific items to tide you over. Your kit must include flares. Store snacks and potable water, as well as a can of sunscreen lotion. If you're traveling with children, make sure that your kit contains a few coloring books, crayons, or games that can help them while away the time when the car is broken down.

Your car emergency checklist in any season should contain these items.

  • Flashlights
  • Blankets
  • A first aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Gloves
  • Duct tape
  • Small toolkit
  • Fully charged cell phone

First Aid Kit

Your car emergency first aid kit should contain these necessaries.

  • Bandages
  • Cotton
  • Antiseptic lotion
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Painkillers like ibuprofen
  • Burn cream
  • Medicines for motion sickness
  • Any prescription pills your family takes


The items that you have in your car emergency kit can mean the difference between getting help immediately when you are in trouble or during a breakdown, and days lost from your schedule and a ruined vacation. For more information about driving safely, check out our car accident library.

We hope you have a great vacation, but if you ever need help filing a claim for compensation after a car accident, speak to car accident lawyer Max Meyers at our firm. Call 425-399-7000 to speak with attorney Meyers, or fill out the online contact form for a free consultation. 

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