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What you should include in your emergency roadside kit

When putting together an emergency roadside kit, you can only help but think about all the bad things that could happen. From an accident to a breakdown, there's no escaping these thoughts.

With the right emergency roadside kit in your trunk, you'll feel better about dealing with anything that comes your way. Here are some of the many types of items to pack away:

  • Jumper cables. If your battery dies, jumper cables can come to the rescue.
  • First-aid kit. In the event of an accident, you may find yourself using a first-aid kit until an ambulance arrives at the scene.
  • Flares. Also helpful after an accident, flares make it easy for others to see you and your vehicle. This helps prevent a follow-up accident.
  • Ice scraper. Depending on where you live or where you're traveling, an ice scraper may come in handy more often than you realize.
  • Bottled water. If you're stranded for any reason, bottled water may be just what you need to remain healthy.
  • Energy bars. Just the same as water, keeping a few of these in your emergency roadside kit is never a bad idea.

You can only include so many things in your emergency roadside kit, so make sure you're selective. You should add everything you need, while keeping nonessential items at home.

After a motor vehicle accident, consider if your emergency roadside kit could help you until police and an ambulance arrive. From there, you can rely on the professionals to take control of the scene. Once you're on the road to recovery, learn more about the crash and your legal rights.

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