The car emergency kits in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching Amazon for top products, looking at factors like Prime shipping eligibility, customer ratings, Amazon superlatives, and prices.
Our product testing team ordered the six car emergency kits that best met these standards. A team member unpacked and examined each kit, handling each item included within. The emergency kits are rated based on utility, item quality, and storage.
To test each emergency kit, we unpacked the kit completely, cataloging and closely examining the quality of each item. When we finished examining the contents, we repacked the kit, taking note of how easy or difficult it is to repackage the contents.
Our utility score is based on the contents of each kit. How useful would the items be for a given roadside emergency situation? Are key items included, such as a first aid kit, window hammer, and roadside reflector? Kits with a greater variety of useful items score best in this category.
We examined the quality of each item contained in these car emergency kits. An emergency kit containing low-quality supplies is not as useful as one with well-made items. We gave higher ratings to emergency kits with well-built components of either metal or sturdy plastic.
When it comes time to use an emergency kit, it can be important to quickly locate the tool you need. A roadside kit with no internal organization can be hard to rummage through in an emergency. Kits with different pockets for easy storage and organization score best in this category.
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