Before an Emergency

Preparing Your Vehicle Emergency Kit

Your Vehicle Emergency Kit can help if an emergency
happens while driving in your car, truck, SUV or van.

Emergencies can happen while you're driving.

Plan ahead to be safe in your vehicle. Know how to prepare for emergencies on the road.

Items to include in your Vehicle Emergency Kit

Care for Your Car

Get regular maintenance checks, and always keep your gas tank at least half-full.

Store and secure these items where you can easily reach them:

  • a 5lb. ABC multipurpose dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  • a blanket or sleeping bag.
  • a first aid kit (with instructions).
  • a shovel
  • a tire repair kit.
  • booster cables.
  • Prepare your Vehicle Emergency Kit for the right season:

  • candles and waterproof matches.
  • extra cash.
  • flares and flashlight (with spare batteries and bulb).
  • food and water *Note: Don't store food and water in your car; instead bring enough with you for each separate trip.
  • maps.
  • reflective safety vests.
  • spare clothing.


Winter Emergency Vehicle Kit

Driving in winter weather

If you are planning on travelling, make sure you give yourself some extra time and you have a few emergency supplies in your vehicle. Take a few minutes to add the following items to your vehicle in the event you run into trouble while travelling:

  • Water or juice
  • Snacks
  • Spare clothing and boots including extra jackets, gloves, hats, and scarves
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight - glow sticks
  • Matches and candle
  • Reflective safety vests
  • Spare change for emergency calls and vending machines
  • Shovel and scraper
  • Sand, salt or cat litter

Always, monitor your local weather and road conditions and adjust your travel plans as needed.

To monitor road conditions in your area, please visit the Ministry of Transportation's website or call 5-1-1.


Revised: Friday February 28 2020

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