EMERGENCY KIT IN VEHICLES: Mandatory and recommendations

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In Spain, there are certain items that must always be carried in the car, while others are optional but highly advisable. Depending on the season of the year and our family and personal needs when traveling, the first aid kit should include different objects.

Here we detail the elements that must be carried in the car as of 2023 on a mandatory basis, and those recommended by the DGT, insurers and automobile clubs, among others involved.

Mandatory car emergency kit

First of all, it is essential to have the corresponding documentation in the car, such as the identification and driving license, the vehicle’s registration certificate, the technical inspection card and the up-to-date MOT sticker. If any of these documents are missing or expired, you risk a traffic ticket.

Regarding the emergency kit required by the DGT, it is essential to have reflective vests for emergencies, the emergency triangle or the V-16 light, which will be detailed later, and snow chains.

The emergency vest must be accessible in the passenger compartment of the car so as not to have to leave the vehicle if necessary, since it will be mandatory to put it on when leaving the car.

It is recommended not to get out of the vehicle in an emergency if possible.

Snow chains are mandatory in mountain areas with risk of snowfall. Although it is no longer necessary to always carry them in the car, they should be placed when it starts to snow, so it is advisable to have them in the trunk if you plan to drive through snowy areas. Alternatively, winter tires can be used.

DGT V-16 emergency light Until last year, it was mandatory to carry emergency triangles to signal a broken down vehicle on the road. However, to avoid dangers and accidents, the DGT allows these triangles to be replaced by light V-16. This V-16 light, approved by the DGT, can replace the triangles and will be the only signaling system accepted from 2026.

However, both the triangles and the light must be carried in the car to avoid fines for an incomplete emergency kit.

What should a vehicle emergency kit contain?

After making sure we have our emergency kit as required in Spain to act in cases of emergency on the road or breakdowns, it is also important to have a first aid kit and toolbox on hand for emergency situations, such as being trapped in the car due to accidents. a snowfall or a breakdown.

  • Tools: A glass breaker hammer, a knife, battery cables and a battery jump starter.
  • Tire repair kit: To solve temporary punctures.
  • Flashlight and mobile charger: Essential elements in emergency situations.
  • Water, blankets, food: Important on long trips, especially in winter.
  • First aid kit: With plasters, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, burn cream and necessary medications.
  • Extinguisher: Although it is not mandatory in Spain, it can be useful in the event of a fire.
  • Fuel canister or additional oil: As a precaution in case of need.

A cautious driver is worth two. It is essential to carry what is required by the DGT to avoid sanctions and act safely in emergencies. Optional items in the emergency kit and first aid kit can be tailored to personal and travel needs. On short trips, the items to carry can be adjusted, while on long trips or to remote areas, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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