When you want to be prepared for a car emergency, with items specifically geared to your needs and activities, while keeping the dollar amount to a minimum.
Did you ever find yourself wishing you had brought some item along in your car, perhaps even in an emergency? It happens often enough. The Canadian federal government reported that in 2016, over 117,000 car collisions occurred. You wouldn't even need to be directly involved in one, but you might find yourself in a resulting traffic jam.
Whether it's in our temperate seasons, or in Canada's extreme heat or cold, various unexpected events could significantly delay us from reaching our destination. Look at what the CAA (Canadian Automobile Association), the most trusted brand in Canada according to the University of Victoria, reports. During the summer of 2017, CAA “helped 750,000 Canadians from the roadside, the majority of which involved battery problems, tire issues, or people locking their keys in the vehicle,” where “almost half of those calls...required the car be towed to a second location for additional assistance.”
What might all those different items be? While the Canadian government provides hints about various “kinds of emergencies,” we also looked at the various lists provided by CAA, and by the Insurance Board of Canada to help us zero in on needed items for our cars. Of particular concern is the CAA's finding of our inadequate winter weather kits.
We've looked for items individually and in pre-packaged sets. And they were great starting points, but we found that we often needed to add something; usually after the next car emergency event. Wouldn't it be great to have the kind of items we might need, always available in our cars, especially if we got them on a “dollar store” budget?
The Importance of Preparation & Cost
We've all wanted to feel better prepared, and really be better prepared for a car emergency that finds us stranded or delayed.
Those pre-packaged sets are okay but the prices are another thing! Unless you have lots of time and money, the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) world is a favourite go-to, when trying to solve a problem that needs to be customized yet very affordable. If you rarely need to worry about unexpected traffic jams, you may not need the same things in your car emergency kit that we do. We want to share some lists and some ideas that would save you time and money, while, most importantly, being the right fit for you.
Prep Questions For Your Kit
To get started, answer each of these questions to generate a list of items you might need. You can generally find all the items, on our lists below, at your local dollar store.
We’ve created the info graphic below for you to see these lists in an image on your device, at any time.
List examples: These are divided into sample categories, but you'll probably want to pick and choose as you need.
Travel with Kids/Pets:
We hope you will find our lists useful and manageable.