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Roadside Emergency Kit - California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)

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WHAT'S IN YOUR CAR?

Emergency Basics

 
  • Check your spare tire for proper inflation! Inspect every 6 months. 
  • A vehicle's car jack and lug wrench should be present and the driver should know how to properly use them.
  • Preprogram your mobile phone with a emergency roadside service entity.
  • Call CHP or local law enforcement for assistance to get you off the road.

Emergency Kit

 
  • 12 foot jumper cables
  • Four 15–minute roadside flares
  • Emergency Red Reflector Triangles
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Rags
  • Roll of duct tape
  • A HELP sign at least 8 inches
  • Fresh energy bars
  • Fresh bottled waters
  • Blanket
  • Extra vehicle fuses
  • Small tool kit
  • Heavy duty nylon bag to keep the small items together
  • Plastic tarp

Nice–to–have extras

 
  • Tire inflator 'fixa flat'
  • A quart of motor oil
  • Anti–Freeze
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Pocket knife
  • Ice scraper
  • Paper towels
  • Pen and paper
  • Bungee cord at least 12 inches
  • Rain pancho
  • Cable ties
  • Work gloves
  • Small fire extinguisher ABC rated

 

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