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Car Emergency Kit – What Every Driver Needs

Car emergency kit NZ – White SUV broken down on the side of a desert road

Are you ready to deal with a car breakdown? It could happen in many ways: a sudden pop from your tire, steam escaping over the hood, or your dashboard lighting up like a Christmas tree. But a breakdown doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. If you’re properly prepared with an emergency car kit, you can handle common roadside problems without stress. 

Through our commitment to after-sales care, we have compiled a list of some of the most important things you should keep in your emergency kit. Here’s what every driver needs.

Torch and Spare Batteries: Shining Light in the Dark

When the night falls and car issues arise, a trusty torch can be your beacon. Even the simplest tasks can become an issue in the dark. Whether you’re reading a map or signalling for help, a torch, paired with spare batteries, can save the day (or night!).

Changing a Flat: Tools of the Trade

A flat tyre isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s a roadblock. But it’s no match for a well-equipped car emergency kit! Ensure your car is ready with a spare tyre, a sturdy jack, and a lug wrench to handle this common yet troublesome situation effectively. Sometimes AA Road Assistance isn’t an option, so make sure you have everything you need to swap a tyre in a pinch.

Jumper Leads: Jumpstarting Solutions

A drained car battery will ruin your road trip or a quick visit to shops in no time. Be prepared with jumper leads and a solid understanding of the jumpstart process.

Ensure both vehicles are off and close enough for connection. Connect the positive (+) lead to the good battery’s positive terminal and the other end to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Attach the negative (-) lead to the good battery’s negative terminal and the other end to an unpainted metal surface on the dead car, away from the battery. Start the working car, wait a few minutes, and then try starting the dead car.

With some jumper leads and the right know-how, a dead battery won’t stop you dead in your tracks.

First-Aid Kit: First Response for Emergencies

While we aren’t expecting you to turn into Dr Chris Warner in the event of a crash, having a basic first-aid kit could mean the difference between panic and practical assistance during an emergency: a lifesaver in unexpected situations. Stock it with essentials: bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and more.  

First aid kits work best when you know how to use them properly. If it’s been a while since you’ve received any first aid training, a refresher course may be a good idea. Emergencies can happen at any time, so being prepared is crucial.

Maintenance Gear: The Handy Toolkit

Whether you’re a tinkerer from way back or mechanically challenged, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to perform some roadside maintenance eventually. To give yourself the best chance of getting your car up and running again, having a few basic tools handy is always a good idea. Your kit could include things like: 

  • Screwdriver 
  • Pliers 
  • Socket set
  • Electrical tape 
  • Rags

You can also find ready-made emergency car tool kits that will do all the hard work for you. A few key tools may be the difference between spending the night in your car on the side of the road or making it home.

Communication Lifeline: Portable Phone Charger

While everyone preaches that we shouldn’t be so reliant on our phones, the fact of the matter is we are. A dead phone in a roadside emergency can make a bad situation even worse. Keeping a portable charger in your emergency car kit is a great way to ensure you can always call for help.

Water: The Elixir of Survival

It’s amazing how many people underestimate the power of water in emergencies. Whether for hydration or cooling your car, having plenty of water available is crucial. The hotter the driving conditions, the more you should carry; you don’t want to get caught out.

Make Breakdowns a Breeze

Breakdowns are inevitable, but they don’t have to be a hassle! With a fully stocked emergency car kit, you can get back up and running or keep yourself comfortable until help arrives. When was the last night you checked your emergency kit? If you can’t remember or don’t even have one, it might be time to get on to it.

If you are in the market for a new car to go with your emergency kit, check out the Portage Cars range online. We have everything from coupes to hatchbacks for sale. Explore our ever-changing collection today. 


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