While it’s natural to think we could never wind up in such a vulnerable position to need a car emergency kit, the facts are that potentially hazardous conditions do happen. It’s important to remain prepared for when they impact your travel plans. 


To help with that, we’ve decided to put together this little explainer of essentials to keep in your vehicle’s emergency kit. We’ve also found that one key to staying safe while driving is to put your trust in a car that sports class-leading reliability and capability in a variety of circumstances. 


To discover which car fits that bill best for you, come browse our extensive inventory of vehicles at Matthews Motors Goldsboro in Goldsboro, North Carolina

Car Emergency Kit Must-Haves  

First-Aid Kit

Above all else, you should include a first-aid kit in your car’s emergency kit. For maximum effectiveness in most situations, a first-aid kit should feature the following essential items: band-aids, antiseptic spray, burn spray, sterile gauze, gloves, ice packs, multipurpose splints, a blood stopper compress, and more. Together, these items provide you with the capability to save lives in potentially dire situations. 

Fire Extinguisher

Your vehicle is only able to function due to a complex combination of mechanical processes working together. With so many moving mechanical parts, vehicles possess the rare potential to catch on fire in the event of a particularly fast or violent collision. In order to best protect yourself, keep a fire extinguisher within arms reach that can handle Class B or Class C fires. 

Jumper Cables

Electrical problems are a prevailing reason drivers continue to find themselves stuck on the side of the road. Luckily, these problems can be remedied with a single jolt from jumper cables. You need to ensure that whoever is operating the cables is fully protected from any possible electrical surges. To do this, you need to look for jumper cables that are at least 10’ long, fit top and side post batteries, and have fully shielded clamps. 

Spare Necessities

In certain situations, drivers can wind up being stuck in their vehicle for an extended period of time. With this in mind, your emergency kit should contain at least three days’ worth of non-perishable food (remember to pack a can opener, too) and three gallons of water per person. You should pack other necessities as well, including spare cell phone chargers with power blocks, common medicines like antacids and pain relievers, feminine products, and a way to alert other drivers, such as road flares or a whistle. 

Get Your Car Ready for Any Conditions in Goldsboro, NC

Whether you’re heading down the street or across the country, you want to make sure your vehicle is drive-ready no matter what. With that in mind, be sure to take the necessary steps to prepare yourself now. And let Matthews Motors Goldsboro know if there’s anything we can do along the way.