Do you have what you need if your car breaks down? What if you’re stranded somewhere for several hours? Check out this list of things you should have in your car then hope that you never need to use them!
Extra batteries and cables for your cellphone.
This can make the difference between getting help quickly and waiting in your car for someone to stop and help you. Whether your phone has a replaceable battery or not, you can buy portable battery packs that will allow you to get a few more charges out of your phone, just make sure to periodically recharge the battery packs themselves. As a bonus, having a lot of phone power in reserve also means that you can dispense with carrying a traditional flashlight and simply use your smartphone’s LED flashlight.
Note: Even if you don’t subscribe to a cell phone service, keep an old phone in your glovebox, all phones can be used to call 911 in an emergency. Just keep it powered off and check its battery level from time to time.
Car batteries can go dead without warning. We recommend keeping jumper cables in the car. However, if you are unsure how to safely boost your vehicle, CAA is here to help.
Note: Stay ahead of your car battery’s function by having it tested. CAA's Mobile Battery Service¹ will test and if needed, can replace your old car battery from your home, workplace or even from the side of the road. Delivery and installation are included at no additional cost AND CAA Members save $25 on the purchase of a new CAA Premium Battery!
You never know how long you’ll be stuck depending on what the emergency is and where you are, so having water to keep you hydrated is essential – especially if it’s summertime!
It should ideally include band-aids, adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptic wipes and an antiseptic cream or ointment.