With wet weather flooding California (and actual snow hitting the rest of the country) now is a good time to review some basic safety items that should be in your car at all times. Many of them are simple things that you likely already have in your house or can easily pick up at your local store.

Fully-charged cell phone

It may seem obvious to have your cell phone on hand, but even under normal conditions it can be critical to make sure you have enough power to make a phone call in case of an emergency. This can be especially important when roads are slick and more dangerous than usual.

Personal safety
  • Flashlight
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency cell phone charger
  • Matches
  • Seat belt cutter/window breaker
  • Flares or reflective triangle
Comfort and convenience
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Granola bars or other food items
  • Umbrella or rain poncho
  • Cash and coins
Car emergency supplies
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare fuses
  • Tire sealant

Making sure that your vehicle has these basic supplies can help keep you safe, secure and comfortable in the event of an emergency.