Top 5 Best Car Emergency Kit Reviews
A car emergency kit is an absolute necessity, no matter what the situation. As often as we are in our vehicles, the laws of probability state that we will more than likely experience an emergency ourselves, or come upon one, that will warrant the need for this underrated item.
Even if you have never had the least bit of medical training, having a well-equipped emergency car kit in your car might be someone’s saving grace. If you happen upon an accident, there’s likely someone in the crowd that has had medical training and could use your supplies.
There are other emergencies as well, that are not medically related, and still necessitates having a vehicle emergency kit. Whether you are having mechanical problems, have experienced a lack of water or any one of a hundred other situations, it is always best to be prepared. There is an old saying that goes, “Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it” and that is certainly the truth, in so many situations.
Today, I will go over what I feel are the best car emergency kits on that market. In doing so, I hope to better prepare you for your own situations. Every one is different in some way, but there is always that “perfect one” for you.
So, let’s take a look at some car survival kits.
Here are our Top Picks
|Company||AAA||Top Gear||AAA||Performance Tool|
|First Aid Kit||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Size||6.4 x 12.5 x 6.8 inches||16.4 x 7.4 x 6.1 inches||12.5 x 10 x 6.2 inches||11 x 9.2 x 6 inches|
|Weight||6 pounds||4.2 pounds||7.2 pounds||4 pounds|
|Price||See Price on Amazon||See Price on Amazon||See Price on Amazon||See Price on Amazon|
AAA 42-piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit Review
Our first item is the AAA 42-piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit. This particular auto survival kit is from AAA, a well-known traveler’s resource with a long history of helping drivers, especially when they need assistance. It is an understood fact that AAA ranks among the top experts on what might be needed in an emergency on the road.
This vehicle survival kit includes:
- 1 AAA car care guide
- 1 AAA membership brochure
- 1 (8 gauge) booster cable
- 1 flashlight
- 2 AA batteries
- 1 emergency poncho
- 1 safety vest
- 1 roll of duct tape
- 1 two-in-one screwdriver
- 6 assorted size fuses
- 1 shop cloth
- 4 cable ties
- 1 reusable zip lock bag
- 19 piece first aid kit
- 1 AAA storage bag.
These are all items that you could possibly need in an emergency situation, all in a heavy bag that be stowed easily in your vehicle. Once you have this kit, you might want to go ahead and separate the first aid kit from the rest of the items, and store it in a different location.
Top Gear 66-piece Premium Roadside Assistance Kit Review
Our next items is the Top Gear 66-piece Premium Roadside Assistance Kit. Another trusted name in the vehicle world, Top Gear knows all too well what might be needed in an emergency situation, and this kit proves it.
Top Gear car emergency kit list:
- a high quality set of 8 gauge 8 foot jumper cables that come with an instruction tag
- a one size fits all yellow reflective safety vest made of high visibility polyester mesh
- a hand squeeze flashlight with 3 high power LED bulbs with lock and blinking features
- a folding multifunction tool that has fourteen different uses
- two individually wrapped six inch 12 hour light sticks that can be hung
- a pair of knit-gripper gloves
- a one size fits all 50 by 80 inch emergency rain poncho
- a reflective warning triangle complete with instructions
- a reflective 52 x 84 inch reflective emergency blanket that can also be used as a warning reflector
- an 18 inch bungee cord
- fourteen cable ties
- a roll of PVC tape that is ¾ inch wide and ten yards long
- an accident report form with carbon copy
- a high quality tire pressure gauge
- a whistle and an “I am the Stig” window cling, for all Top Gear fans.
All these items can be readily stored in the accompanying emergency bag, branded with top gear that easily stores in your vehicle.
AAA 76-piece Excursion Road Kit Review
The AAA 76-piece Excursion Road Kit contains a bit more than the 42-piece kit mentioned above. This would be the kit to carry if you make a lot of trips further away from home, or if you are gone for longer than normal.
Emergency car kit list:
- 45-piece first aid kit
- Carbon copy accident forms with guidelines
- AAA Membership brochure
- Booster Cables
- Emergency Warning Triangle
- Air Compressor with Gauge
- Aluminum Flashlight with 9 LED lights
- 3 batteries
- 1 Pair of Cotton Gloves with dimples
- 1 Emergency Poncho
- 1 Emergency Whistle
- 1 Roll of Duct Tape
- 1 Phillips Screwdriver
- 1 Flat Head Screwdriver
- 1 Pair of Pliers with Rubber Grips
- 1 Utility Knife
- 2 Shop Cloths
- 1 Bungee Cord
- 10 Cable Ties
These are all contained in the car emergency bag that comes with the kit already inside.
49-Piece Performance Tool Deluxe Roadside Assistance Kit Review
The 49-Piece Performance Tool Deluxe Roadside Assistance Kit is another great kit to have with you no matter how far from home you are. Small enough to store easily in your vehicle, this is a great kit for new and seasoned drivers alike, complete with just about everything you might need if you get caught out on the road.
Car survival kit list:
- 1 set of 10 gauge eight foot jumper cables
- 1 set of six inch split joint pliers
- 1 roll of electrical tape
- 10 nine inch cable ties
- 2 eighteen inch bungee cords
- 1 rain poncho
- 1 (23-piece) first aid kit
- 1 pair of knit gloves
- 1 Krypton flashlight with batteries
- 1 ice scraper
- 1 tire gauge
- 1 two ton 14-ft tow rope
- 1 snap blade knife
- 1 reflective triangle
And, like the others, everything comes in a nice carrying case for easy storage.
First Secure 90 Piece Roadside Emergency Kit Review
Finally, we have the First Secure 90 Piece Roadside Emergency Kit. You can put your mind at ease with this kit, good as a car kit or a truck emergency kit, with a heavy gauge set of jumper cables and a strong air compressor. You will also find a well-stocked first aid kit here as well.
This kit includes:
- 1 set of six gauge 10 foot jumper cables
- 1 (250 psi) DC air compressor
- 1 (11 foot) to strap
- 1 reflective triangle
- 1 nine-way multitool
- 1 roll electrical tape
- 2 bungee cords
- 20 cable ties
- 1 pair work gloves
- Headlamp with batteries
- 8-piece tire repair kit
- 48-piece first aid kit
In this kit, the first aid kit comes, not only with bandages and antiseptic wipes, but also medical tape, cotton swabs, gloves, scissors and safety pins. The first aid kit has its own case that fits into the whole emergency kit case.
My Pick for Best Emergency Car Kit
My pick for favorite of these five survival car kits is the First Secure 90 piece. Of all the kits listed, this one has the heaviest gauge jumper cables. This is definitely a tiebreaker among roadside emergency kits, especially if you have a large battery or engine. There is nothing worse than having someone come along to help but your cables aren’t heavy enough to carry the charge.
In addition, this road trip survival kit comes with a good air compressor, another must for roadside emergencies and I would not want to be caught without one.
And finally, having a headlamp instead of a regular handheld flashlight could mean the difference between success or no success when you are the only one to do the work. It leaves your hands free for whatever repairs you need to make while still getting all the lighting you need.