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null Emergency kit: a must this summer!

Did you forget any essentials? We’re not talking about the cooler full of sandwiches or the sunscreen. We’re talking about something even more important: an emergency car kit! It can quickly become your best friend on a long trip. Because even when the weather’s nice, nasty surprises can still happen!

So put together a basic kit adapted to your specific needs and those of your fellow passengers and replenish it as needed after each trip. Leave it in the trunk of your car and you’ll always be prepared! And be sure to let a friend or family member know your itinerary and when you’ll be back.

Here are some things you might want to include, depending on your needs:

  • First-aid kit including a knife
  • Flashlight with extra batteries or wind-up lamp or head lamp
  • Tire compressor
  • Tire sealant
  • Jack (preferably hydraulic) and spare tire
  • Booster cables or booster battery
  • Car charger for your cellphone
  • Auto charger cable
  • Tow rope
  • Warning light and road flares
  • Gloves
  • Emergency blanket – nights can be cold
  • Non-perishable food, like energy bars or granola
  • Bottles of water (replace them every 6 months)
  • Paper towels
  • Multi-purpose pliers
  • Tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Shovel
  • Extra clothes, shoes or boots
  • Whistle
  • Lighter
  • Maps or GPS
  • Games to occupy the kids

You can easily create a basic emergency kit for under $100. Make yours today!

Emergency kit: a must this summer!

The sun’s blazing, it’s a balmy 25 degrees and….it’s time to hit the road!

These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.

In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.

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