8 Roadside Emergency Kit Essentials

8 Roadside Emergency Kit Essentials

Here in Canada, we get some pretty intense weather conditions. Whether it’s mid-winter during an icy blizzard or an intensely hot summer’s day, things can happen when you least expect them to. Having a roadside emergency kit can mean the difference between keeping safe until help arrives and being stranded in a potentially dangerous situation for an extended period of time. To keep your vehicle stocked and prepped with necessary items, here are some key roadside emergency kit essentials.

Jumper Cables

Jumper cables are one of the most important items to keep tucked away in your vehicle in case your battery dies and you need a boost. Intense heat during the summer can be particularly harsh on the car battery, causing it to die faster. Make sure to throw these in your trunk and keep them there because you never know when you might need them to jumpstart the battery.

Triangle Reflectors

If your car breaks down and you’re stuck on the side of the road, you want other vehicles to be able to see you as clearly as possible. That’s why triangle reflectors are key. You can pop them out beside your vehicle to give other drivers a heads up that you’re in distress so they can help out or at least keep at a safe distance from your vehicle.

Motor Oil and Coolant

Motor oil and coolant are the two main fluids that ensure your vehicle operates properly. If their levels deplete too much, problems could arise. Having a gallon of coolant and a quart of motor oil stored in your vehicle is always a smart move so you can top them up and get back on the road as quickly as possible.

First Aid Kit

Of course, every emergency roadside kit should also contain a First Aid Kit. Keep it stocked with the basics like Antihistamine, bandages, disinfectant, and Band-Aids. Don’t forget to check it regularly to restock if needed.


If your battery dies and you’re stuck in your vehicle during an icy cold winter’s night, a blanket will keep you warm and stave off potential hypothermia.

Washer Fluid

Washer fluid can make all the difference in being able to see clearly during hazards conditions and having a severely impaired view. Keep some washer fluid in your car in case you need to top it up so you can see clearly and safely during messy weather.

Ice Scraper

As Canadians, ice scraper’s go hand in hand with the winter season. They are a definite must-have item to get rid of any ice along the windshield and windows. 

Water and Energy Bars

Finally, throwing a few water bottles and energy bars into your emergency kit will ensure you have some extras on hand to keep hydrated and fueled in the event that you’re unable to get back on the road or receive assistance for an extended period of time.

Don’t get caught off guard. Be prepared for any potential scenarios by creating a roadside emergency kit with these essentials. At Barrhaven Honda, we’re here to help make your car as safe as possible. If your Honda vehicle needs service, book an appointment to have it see to with professional, reliable service that you can count on.