10 things to keep in your car in case of emergency

By Marc Bouchard | Thursday 9 April 2020 | BlogTips and guides

Let me tell you about a situation that will most likely be familiar to you: you are driving on a country road when suddenly your car hits a pothole and starts to make a terrible noise. You pull over to the side of the way, but nothing can be done, the tire is flat and needs to be changed. If you’re like me, that’s when you take out the carefully prepared repair kit that’s in the trunk. Whether it can easily be repaired at the side of the road or you need to call for help, having a well-equipped emergency kit will surely save you a lot of anxiety and trouble. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 things that form the basis of a good equipment:

A pressure gauge:

The first thing to check if you can’t immediately see the damage is your tire pressure. Not only will this help you to measure the extent of the damage, but it will also make it easier for you to see how the damage is progressing.

Something to inflate the tire:

If the problem is only with the pressure, inflating the tire with a small compressor, pump or aerosol can sometimes solve the problem. However, be careful and use it only when it is essential. Indeed, using these types of tools can disrupt the sensors of some tires, requiring a visit to your mechanical specialist.


When the damage is only on the surface, a little sealant can help you get to your destination. Be careful, however. This repair is only temporary and, as with the previous tool, can play tricks on your tire sensors.

Basic tools:

Whatever the repair, you probably won’t be able to do it with your bare hands. Having a basic automotive tool kit such as an adjustable wrench will make it easier for you to do the job.

A spare tire and jack:

Although many cars contain these two items at all times, I recommend that you regularly check your vehicle for them and the pressure of your spare tire. You could avoid unpleasant surprises!

A blanket:

It may seem trivial, but anyone who has ever waited for roadside assistance during the winter understands why this item is essential. Plus, it will probably come in handy more than once in your daily life!

Flares or cones:

If you are doing a roadside repair, your priority should be to ensure your safety. You have to warn other motorists of your presence. During the day, cones will do the trick. At night, flares are preferable. Don’t forget the lighter to light them!

A first-aid kit:

For potential injuries or for a cut during a wheel change, a small bag containing bandages, antiseptic, gloves and some painkillers could potentially save lives.

A flashlight and batteries:

Always useful in the evening on poorly lit roads, a flashlight can also be used to illuminate the mechanics of your vehicle during repairs.

Food and drink:

Sometimes waiting for help can take longer than expected. Simply adding a few non-perishable foods such as granola bars and bottled water may save you from having an uncomfortable time in an already scary situation.

The list of things that could help you in an emergency is much longer. But with these ten things, your basic kit should already be quite complete. I invite you to experiment and add more items. How about jumper cables or even bowls for your pet, for example.

And of course, as soon as you get home, you have to visit Blackcircles.ca. You will need a new tire for sure, and we can help!


About the Author

Marc Bouchard is passionate about cars... and many other things. He started out as a general journalist and has been working on cars for the past twenty years. We see him on TV, hear him on the radio and read about him everywhere. Often called upon as an expert analyst.

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