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Top 5 Items to Keep in Your Trunk in Case of an Accident

Being involved in an accident isn’t something that anyone wants to think about. However, if an accident does occur, it can be comforting to know that you have all of the equipment you need for optimal safety and preparedness. Packing these things now–all of which are relatively affordable and easy to acquire–will provide peace of mind.

Top 5 Things to Put in Your Trunk

We’ve put together a list of five things that we think are critical to have in the trunk of your car in the event of an accident or a vehicle breakdown. Of course, these five things are not inclusive; you may benefit from having other safety and emergency preparedness items within your trunk.

  • Basic first aid supplies. Putting together a basic first aid kit is a must; you never know when someone in your vehicle will suffer an injury, car accident or not. First aid kits can be simple or complex, but should at least include items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, tweezers, and compress dressings. A first aid instruction booklet is also helpful.
  • Contact phone numbers. While most people have all of their phone numbers stored within their smartphone these days, you never know when you’ll accidentally leave the house without your cell, or be in a wreck that is so devastating your phone is destroyed. Of course, battery failure is a common problem too! As such, writing down numbers on pen and paper and storing the paper within your emergency kit is wise.
  • Disposable or cellphone camera. You won’t regret having a disposable camera (or cellphone camera) on you in the event that you’re in an accident. In fact, if you are physically able to, taking pictures of the accident should be a top priority. Photos can serve as an important form of evidence and help to bolster your claim when you’re seeking damages.
  • Flashlight or road flares. If your accident occurs in the evening or on a quiet roadway that doesn’t see a lot of traffic, having a flashlight or road flares on you can be helpful. Road flares can signal help, and a flashlight can be used to get attention and assess damages.
  • Tools. Finally, having some tools in your trunk is always a good idea. Whether you’re in an accident and require a quick repair (like replacing a tire) or your vehicle breaks down, tools can come in handy when you need them most.

Other Items To Consider

Again, these are not the only items that can be beneficial if you’re in an accident. Other items to add to the list include a portable phone charger, blankets, non-perishable food items and plenty of bottled water, and notebook to write down as much as you can remember about the crash while it’s fresh in your mind.

Packing these items should be a top priority. The majority of these items can be purchased at a local grocery store. Store in a closeable bag within your trunk, and don’t take items out for use for other purposesas this may result in you forgetting to put them back and then not having them when you need them.