What should I keep in my vehicle in case I'm in an accident?

Most people don't expect to be involved in an auto accident while going about their daily business, despite the fact that car crashes are far from rare. In fact, more than 37,000 people are killed—and an additional 2.35 million are injured—in auto accidents each year in the United States, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel Do You Know What to Pack in Case of an Emergency in the Car(ASIRT).

Even if you don't think you'll actually be in an accident, it's important to be prepared—just in case disasters strikes. Keeping an accident preparedness kit in your car, truck, SUV or minivan helps ensure that you and your family have life-saving essentials on hand in the event of an emergency. Accident preparedness kits should include:

  • First aid kit. The kit should be stocked with antiseptic, gauze, bandages, and other essentials.
  • Auto escape tool. These tools allow trapped motorists to escape from submerged vehicles by slicing through locked seat belts and breaking the automotive glass with a specially designed hammer.
  • Flashlight. Keep extra batteries with the flashlight or, to eliminate the need for batteries, choose a wind-up flashlight.
  • Road flares or emergency triangles. Having an accident at night can be dangerous—for accident victims and other motorists. Setting these items up at the scene of the accident can help make it more visible to other motorists.
  • List of emergency contacts. Keep a handwritten or typed list of emergency contacts in the glove box, so that they can be accessed, even if a smartphone is broken or has a dead battery.
  • Blanket and towel. These items can help motorists stay warm after a cold-weather wreck or be soaked in water and used to put out an automotive fire.
  • Fire extinguisher. Also essential for putting out automotive fires.
  • Multi-tool. Pliers, screwdrivers, pocketknives, and other included tools may be useful in an emergency.
  • Notepad and pen. These items are perfect for taking notes about the accident, as well as writing down contact and insurance information for other drivers, and contact information for passengers and witnesses.
  • Disposable camera. This is a crucial item to have on hand, just in case a smartphone is broken or dead.
  • Food and water. A jug of clean water and non-perishable snacks like crackers, cookies, dried fruit, protein bars, and more can help wrecked motorists stave off hunger until they're found.

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