Underride Network Emergency Safety Kit Recommendations

We recommend all drivers include a roadside emergency kit in their vehicles.

During adverse weather conditions, vehicle breakdown, car fires, medical emergencies, or anytime you are forced to park on the side of high-speed roadways thinking ahead could save your life or the lives of your family and loved ones. Parking on the side of high-speed roadways is always an extremely dangerous condition. Usually, it is best to evacuate the vehicle and wait a few yards away from the roadway. If you must change a tire or repair the vehicle make sure other drivers can see you. When you pull over immediately light your hazard warning flashers, place at least one or preferably 3 warning safety triangles and wear an reflective safety vest to perform work outside the vehicle. Call for aid if it is too dangerous to work outside the vehicle.

Recommended basic items for your kit:

3 safety triangles to warn oncoming motorists that your vehicle is obstructing the roadway or the side of the roadway.
Safety vest to make yourself visible to oncoming traffic.
Bright LED flashlight with extra batteries. Lantern with flashing red lights preferred.
Cell phone with emergency external battery pack.
Fire extinguisher to fight fire in your vehicle or to render aid to other motorists. Must be rated for fuel fires.
A basic first aid kit with some large bandages.
Gloves including work gloves and nitrile gloves to render medical aid. Safety glasses and medical mask.
Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool. If your vehicle is in the water you need this tool to break the windows and escape.
Pliers, philips and straight screw drivers, multitool, utility knife, and duct tape for emergency repairs. Tape can patch small leaks in your radiator hoses so you can travel short distances.
Stranded kit: Fire starter kit and water proof matches, space blanket, blanket, small tarp, folding saw or hatchet, compass and whistle.
Emergency water and energy bars.
Brightly colored rain poncho.
Tire repair kit with flat fix and air pump and tire gauge.
Plastic trash bags and gallon sealable bags. Bags can hold found food or water and serve as tarps or rain clothing.
Tow strap and jumper cables.
Light sticks.
A couple of metal cups and optional canteen.
Replacement fuse kit.
Ice scraper and small shovel. Sand or kitty litter and chains for ice and snow.
Pen and paper for accident information.
Emergency prybar.
Jack and tire wrench.
Toilet paper.
A few feet of rope.
Small nylon duffel bag to hold your safety kit.

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