Take a Tool Kit Along for the Ride

Having some tools in the trunk can help with emergency car repairs. Mid Atlantic Insurance Financial recommends that drivers have a tool kit and certain spare parts to help with emergency repairs.

Even those with roadside emergency service should have a tool kit and spare parts. There may be times, when driving in remote areas, when no cell phone signal is available to call for help. In wintertime, it is possible to stall out in the snow and it may take time to clear the roads so help can arrive. When help does arrive, it is extremely convenient to have the proper spare parts for the repair. This can avoid having to tow the vehicle, if making the repairs on the spot is possible by having the parts.

Tool kits are available that have some of what is needed. Here is a comprehensive checklist of items to consider, depending on the weather conditions:


  • Lug Wrench (cross-shaped) – Easier to turn, due to having more leverage than a single bar.
  • Socket and Wrench Set
  • Screwdrivers
  • Rubber Hammer
  • Inspection Light
  • Flashlight
  • Onboard Electronic Diagnostics Code Reader – Determines what triggered the “check engine light.”
  • Battery Cables
  • WD-40
  • Temporary Tire Repair Air Can or Air Pump
  • Work Gloves
  • Emergency Window Triangle
  • Road Flares
  • Extra Set of Keys – These are helpful if the vehicle has a button to pop open the trunk.


  • Two Headlamps
  • Tail light Bulbs
  • Spark Plugs
  • Belts
  • Oil Leak Stopper
  • 5 Quarts of Oil
  • Anti-freeze
  • Transmission Leak Stopper
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Windshield Wiper Blades
  • Set of Replacement Fuses


  • First Aid Kit
  • Drinking Water
  • Dehydrated Food Rations
  • Camper’s Cook Stove with solid fuel (safer)
  • Lighter
  • Sub-Zero Sleeping bag
  • Space Blanket

Mid Atlantic Insurance Financial encourages taking the added precaution to carry a tool kit, spare parts, and personal safety items in the trunk. We care about your safety. Contact us to make sure you have adequate coverage for your auto insurance needs.