What do you need in that emergency car care kit?

A car  emergency kit is one of those things that you don't think much about until it's too late. Then you'll wish you didn't leave home without one.  Having insurance coverage that includes towing lulls us into a false sense of security about breakdowns.  The truth is IF a breakdown occurs it isn't always in a convenient spot with great lighting, easy cell phone access and a coffee shop nearby. 

Just because your car appears in good shape, there's no guarantee problems won't arise. You never know when something's going to happen to your car, no matter how well you maintain it.  So what do you need to have in case of an emergency breakdown?  For more than 25 years Westerville Automotive has been keeping the drivers here in Westerville and Columbus Ohio safe and we felt that a list of the top 6 items for breakdowns would be helpful for our drivers. 

1. First-aid kit. As well as an assortment of Band-Aids, it should include adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything particular to you or your family.

2. Fire Extinguisher. It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA. The NFPA says Class B fires are those that involve flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes and batteries.

3. Three reflective warning triangles. While many prepackaged emergency kits contain one warning triangle, we suggest you have three that are placed 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic.

4. Tire gauge to periodically check the air pressure in their spare tire.  Make sure your spare tire is properly inflated, a lot of the time people ignore it until they have a flat, and then discover the spare is flat, too. Also, include foam tire sealant. A quick, inexpensive way to repair many flats without changing the tire.

5. Jumper cables. They should be at least 10 feet in length and coated with at least 8-gauge rubber.

6. Flashlight and extra batteries. The flashlight should be waterproof.  There is nothing worse than a breakdown in the dark with no light!

When in doubt about any safety issues or if you have any questions about your vehicle simply stop in and talk to our ASE certified and trained technicians here at Westerville Automotive with 2 locations to serve your needs:  5591 Westerville Road and Uptown where no appointment is needed and we are always ready to serve your needs.


Westerville Automotive providing top automotive repairs and service in Westerville Ohio for 20+ years with top trained ASE technicians in 2 locations.  From oil changes to transmission repairs, our team will get you on the road and keep yoou traveling safely.  Our goal is your complete customer satisfaction.   Westerville Automotive is a Preferred Jasper Engines & Transmissions Owner Installer with NAPA AutoCare Center backed by exceptional customer services. 

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Westerville Automotive

5591 Westerville Rd
Westerville, OH 43081

location small (614) 890-0707
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Westerville Uptown

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Westerville, OH 43081

location small (614) 890-6700
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