Auto emergency kits are an essential tool for any vehicle. Emergencies happen when we least expect them - and the best way to avoid being stranded for long periods of time on a deserted road is to be equipped with an auto emergency kit. The kit should include tools for car repairs as well as essentials such as a first aid kit, blanket, water, and food. Granola or energy bars are the perfect food for roadside emergencies. The first aid kit should contain basics such as gauze, bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, scissors, instant ice pack, instant heat compress, and aspirin or other pain reliever. Auto emergency kits should also include a flashlight with extra batteries, emergency flares, pen and paper, and a help sign to place in the window for passing vehicles to see in case you are stranded inside the vehicle. Flat tires are one of the leading causes for roadside emergencies. Every vehicle should be equipped with tools necessary to change a tire - and, every driver should learn how to change a tire before driving. Be sure to have a spare tire, vehicle jack, tire pressure gauge, and lug wrench. Another handy item to have available is a bottled tire inflator. If the tire is not completely flat, you may be able to inflate the tire enough to get to a service station. Because all roadside emergencies are not caused by tires, auto emergency kits should contain tools that allow basic repairs to be done on the vehicle. These should include flat head and Phillips screwdrivers, vise grips, adjustable wrench, pliers, pocketknife, or a multipurpose tool containing many tools in one. Other items that can come in handy during a roadside emergency include oil, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, rags or paper towels, duct tape, and an ice scraper. Living in a fast-paced world often requires lots of travel. Whether you have a long commute to work or just like to take long trips, it is always best to be prepared ahead of time. Auto emergency kits often mean less time stranded and more time on the road. If you became stranded today, are you prepared? Be sure to equip your vehicle with everything you need to ensure a safe trip - and be sure every driver is familiar with the tools contained in your auto emergency kit and knows how to use them. Safety first - whether in the home or on the road.