Create Your Own Emergency Car Kit

Posted on January 3, 2023

car breakdownIf your car unexpectedly breaks down, you must have the appropriate equipment to get your car back on the road as safely and quickly as possible. Many auto stores around Ireland now sell compact emergency car kits. But if you want to ensure that you’re fully covered in a breakdown or accident, it might be worth putting together your own kit.  Here’s a list of items you can include in your emergency car kit.

First Aid Kit

Depending on your car model, your car may come with a first aid kit already included. It is usually found in the back of the car, under the passenger seat or in the glove compartment. If not, purchasing one to store in your car is a good idea. Having a first aid kit isn’t just convenient in the event of an accident; it’s also helpful to have it for non-car related accidents or cuts when you’re away from home.  

Jump Leads 

car jump leadsIf you forget to turn off your lights or leave another power source running, you may find that your car won’t start. Using jump leads, you can recharge your battery using another car and get back on the road in minutes. Don’t forget that if your battery is completely flat, you should leave your car running for about 45 minutes to recharge your battery fully. 


Always keep a torch in your car. They don’t take up much space but may come in handy if your car breaks down at night. Whether you need to inspect the damage, or a flat tyre or make yourself more visible in the darkness, a torch is a must-have. 

Portable Phone Charger

If your car breaks down, the last thing you need is for your phone battery to die too. Keep a portable phone charger in your car so that you can call for breakdown assistance or help no matter where you are. 

Hi-Vis Vest

If your car breaks down or you’re involved in an accident, you must have a hi-vis vest available if you need to stand on the roadside or outside your car. Wearing a hi-vis vest increases your visibility to other drivers and gives them additional warning that there is a hazard ahead. 

Car Warning Triangle car warning triangle

In many European countries, it is required by law to carry a warning triangle in your car at all times. Warning triangles are used when your car breaks down and should be placed approximately 200 metres before a road hazard to give other drivers enough time to slow down.

If you’ve got a car on the road, why not call KennCo  for a car insurance quote today on 0818 25 20 25. If your car breaks down, follow these tips. 

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