The 10 Best Car Emergency Kits

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in March of 2018. There are few feelings worse than being stuck on the side of the road. If you have one of these car emergency kits tucked away in your trunk or back seat, though, you'll be prepared for almost anything, including performing rudimentary first aid after an accident. Hopefully, you'll have no need for this equipment, but it could prove to be a literal lifesaver if things take an unfortunate turn. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best car emergency kit on Amazon.

10. Be Smart Get Prepared

9. Secureguard Roadside

8. Always Prepared Light & Small

7. Roadside Rescue 43237

6. Cartman Roadside

5. TRScind SOS

4. Protect Life

3. Coocheer D5046

2. Top Gear Premium

1. AAA 4284

Editor's Notes

April 16, 2020:

Removed the GetReadyNow Personal and the AutoClubHero Roadside because of availability issues. Added the Coocheer D5046 and the Roadside Rescue 43237.

We favored car emergency kits like the AAA 4284 and the Coocheer D5046 that have both car repair and first aid components seeing that, ideally, you would have both sorts of components on hand during a car related emergency. You definitely want to be able to bandage an injury if needed while having a pair of jumper cables is absolutely essential since battery and alternator problems are far from uncommon and it can be a very frustrating experience without them. It is important to know a few basic things about using some of these kits since they can easily be used in ways that are detrimental. So for example, it is very important to match the battery terminal polarities between the two cars to avoid severe and costly damage to each car's electrical systems.

Many of these kits also come with tow ropes. Tow ropes can be used for all sorts of things but the name implies that they are intended to be used for towing. You should check your local regulations if you intend to use them for towing, since that is illegal in many states. If they are legal in your area, remember that you need to travel extremely slowly and that the towed car needs a driver to operate the brakes in unison with the towing vehicle since there is no rigid connection to halt the momentum of the towed car.

Rafael Perez
Last updated on April 19, 2020 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.

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