Safe Driving: Vehicle Safety Kits and Great Car Insurance in Calgary

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Safety and conscientiousness are the best ways to avoid ever having to make an insurance claim, but if an accident or mechanical failure does happen, it can take a while before help arrives. A vehicle safety kit with basic tools and emergency supplies on board can be a great assistance in such emergencies.  At a minimum, a vehicle safety kit should carry basic emergency and first aid supplies.

Basic Vehicle Safety Kits

After an accident or vehicle breakdown, a basic vehicle safety kit can provide everything you need until help arrives. The following items should be kept in your vehicle at all times:

  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Foldable shovel
  • Ground cover
  • Emergency blanket
  • Waterproof matches
  • Winter coat,  hat and gloves
  • Water and basic survival food
  • Distress banner or help sign
  • Extra cash (small bills and change)
  • Flares, warning triangles, and an emergency vest
  • Sturdy boots or walking shoes in case you need to leave your vehicle to find help

Basic Vehicle Repair Kits

Always carry basic tools to perform simple tasks. The following should be carried in your vehicle at all times:

  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Tire gauge
  • Utility knife
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hand cleaner and rags
  • Portable compressor or foam tire sealant
  • Set of socket and open-ended wrenches
  • Large and small multi-tip screwdrivers
  • Spare fuses and light bulbs

Safety Kits for Travelling With Children

No one enjoys being stranded on the side of the road, especially with children, but having the right items packed away will help. In case of an emergency while travelling with children, your vehicle safety kit should include the following additional items:


  • V-8 juice
  • Trail mix
  • Dried fruit
  • Hard candy
  • Energy bars
  • Applesauce/fruit cups
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Almonds and sunflower seeds
  • Sport drinks (pre-made or mix)
  • Dried meats such as beef jerky
  • Cleanliness:
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand soap and sanitizer
  • Zip-top bags (various sizes)
  • Trash bags
  • Toothbrushes &  toothpaste
  • Various sized band-aids in your first-aid kit
  • Extra diapers and wipes for infants and toddlers
  • Toilet paper roll (remove cardboard tubes and flatten to fit in small spaces)

Insurance Calgary: Safety Kits for Pets

When travelling with pets, please include the following items in your vehicle safety kit:

  • Pet food
  • Bowls
  • Emergency blanket

Rain ponchos can double as tents or tarps, and should be included in your vehicle safety kit when travelling with children or pets.

Bow Valley Insurance: Save on Great Car Insurance

It’s safety first at Bow Valley Insurance. We encourage everyone to maintain good driving habits and properly take care of their vehicle. By working with a broker at Bow Valley Insurance, you can save on auto insurance by gaining access to several different providers, coverage options and bundling choices. Request an auto insurance quote from Bow Valley Insurance today!