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

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What’s In Your Car?

Create Your Own Roadside Emergency Kit

  • Spare tire, properly inflated – check every 6 months!
  • Car jack and lug wrench – fits your car and you know how to work it!
  • Preprogram your cell phone with 800 number for auto club roadside service
  • Call CHP or local law enforcement for assistance to get you off the highway to safety

Kit Basics:

  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Four 15-minute roadside flares
  • Emergency Red Reflector Triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Rags
  • Roll of duct tape
  • A HELP sign, at least 8 inches
  • Energy bars (change yearly)
  • Bottled water (change yearly)
  • Blanket
  • Extra vehicle fuses
  • Small tool kit
  • Heavy duty nylon bag to keep the small items together
  • Nylon rope, at least 12 feet
  • Plastic tarp

Nice-to-Have Extras:

  • Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)
  • A quart of motor oil
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Pocketknife
  • Ice scraper
  • Paper Towels
  • Pen and paper
  • Bungee cord - 12"
  • Rain poncho
  • Cable ties
  • Work gloves
  • Small fire extinguisher (ABC rated)


Prepared by the California Office of Traffic Safety

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