How to Prepare a Vehicle Emergency Kit

Parents, as you prepare your new teen driver for their new found independence, your family will begin to cover many safe driving topics. These include the rules of the road, family responsibilities and the specifics of the Graduated Driver License. One important topic you may overlook is how to supply the vehicle in case of an emergency. Every vehicle should have an emergency kit, not just those that teen drivers operate. 

Adjust the following recommended items based on your family’s needs.

  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
  • Blanket
  • Drinking water and nonperishable snacks 
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • First aid kit
  • Towel
  • Full-sized or compact spare tire in good condition and properly inflated
  • Wheel wrench and a tire jack

Check your emergency kits every six months. Replace any depleted items.

A new driver eager to get on the road and explore their independence may not see the value and importance of an emergency kit. Go through the kit with your teen and explain the importance of each item.

Looking for more ways to reinforce independence and responsibility with your teen driver? Check out our Parent-Teen Driving Contract provided by Allstate that can guide your conversation your family’s driving expectations.

The Teen Motor Vehicle Safety Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt addresses the growing problem of teen motor vehicle crashes in Tennessee. The Be In The Zone (BITZ) Teen Motor Vehicle Safety program is funded by Ford Motor Company and Community Services and The Allstate Foundation.