Putting Together the Most Comprehensive Vehicle Emergency Kit

Are you ready to deal with a roadside emergency, rain or shine? If you get rear-ended, a tire goes flat or you’re forced into a ditch, would you have the necessary tools to deal with the situation?

If you do any amount of driving, you know that car accidents and other unforeseen situations are an inevitable, unavoidable part of life. With millions of vehicles on the road, it’s a safe bet that at some point you’ll find yourself in an unpleasant situation. How you deal with it depends on your preparation. As the old saying goes, “You should hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

At Ric’s, we’re dedicated to getting you get back on the road as quickly and painlessly as possible. We’re also personally invested in making sure you are safe before you’re able to get your vehicle to our shop. That’s why Ric’s recommends you keep a fully-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, know what’s in it and understand how to use everything.

While you can pick up an emergency kit at any auto parts or big box store, Arizona’s diverse range of climates and vast areas of “dead” cellphone zones dictates you should create a kit that goes above and beyond, helping to prepare you for any emergency.

Here is a list of “must-have” items we believe should be in the emergency kit of every vehicle in Arizona:

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  • Bottled Water
  • Car Jack and Spare Tire
  • Change of Clothes
  • Duct Tape
  • Emergency Phone Numbers (Including Ric’s – (480) 998-5969)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight with Extra Batteries
  • Granola Bars or Other Snacks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Jumper Cables
  • Up-to-Date Maps
  • Medications
  • Multi-Purpose Tool
  • Portable Phone Charger
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Road Flares
  • Toilet Paper

Here are a few more items you should add to help you deal with the Arizona heat:

  • Battery-Operated Fan
  • Floppy Hat that Provides Plenty of Shade
  • Instant Cold Packs
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella (For Shade)

If you’re traveling to Flagstaff, the White Mountains or another cooler area, add these items:

  • Blanket
  • Gloves
  • Hand Warmers
  • Warm Clothing

We suggest packing all of these items into a plastic bin to keep everything organized and readily available. Of course, here at Ric’s, we hope you’ll never need any of these items. In the event of a worst-case scenario situation, we want to know you’re safe. Once you are and you’d had a chance to talk to your insurance company, make sure to give Ric’s Body & Paint a call for all of your collision repair needs.

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