10 essential items to keep in your car for emergencies


Breakdowns and flat tyres don’t usually happen when you’re close to the nearest garage. That would be too easy. Usually, incidents like these happen at the most inconvenient time, away from home, and could even be quite dangerous.

For instance, when you’re on a long-distance journey and between safe stopping points. That’s why it is best to have an emergency road kit.


In fact, the more remote the area and the rougher the weather, the more likely you’ll need a car emergency kit… Even if you have a roadside assistance plan and can contact help.

Wynand van Vuuren, head of claims and legal at King Price offers you this unique guide to help you put your own survival kit together and we urge you never to drive without it in your car. You just never know when they might come in handy!

Create your emergency kit

First-aid kit

Keep it stocked with plasters, adhesive tape, gauze pads, Panado, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything else that’s relevant to your health.

Mini fire extinguisher

Fires can happen at any time, and it’s important to be prepared by having a fire extinguisher from a reputable company.

Reflective warning triangles x3

Yes, we know that we need 1 in the car, but actually, 3 are more realistic to warn oncoming traffic.

Non-perishable snacks and water.

Multipurpose utility tool

Because you can’t bring a whole toolbox, stick tosomething like a Swiss Army Knife or a Leatherman.

Cat litter

A bag of cat litterscattered under your tyres gives you traction to help you out of a slick spot.

Warm blanket

f you’re waiting and the car won’t start, then a blanket will keep the cold away and prevent you from getting sick.


There is nothing a whole lot more miserable than changing a tyre or sorting out an issue in the rain.

Torch with extra batteries

Make sure that yourflashlight is waterproof.

Jumper cables

Many of us have assumed we have a set of these in our cars, but it’s worth double-checking.

Tow strap or tow rope

Essential if you are broken down and the only option you have is to be towed away to safety.

We want you to be safe and sound on the road, but if you’re in the unfortunate situation where you have broken down, then don’t forget that if you are a member of our kingdom and have comprehensive car insurance, then our roadside assist service will be there for you.

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