Few people expect to be involved in a serious car accident. Whether it is because the relative odds being in a collision are so low, or because someone thinks they are a good driver, the reality is that anyone can be in a motor vehicle collision at any time.

While drivers can take a number of safety precautions to protect themselves, there is no way to completely negate the risks of an accident. Fortunately, there are four items you can keep inside of your car if you do find yourself in a collision to help you get through this difficult event.

1. Safety materials

Some accidents are more serious if a driver cannot escape from their car. This is especially true for accidents that involve a car submerged in water. A seat belt cutter and an object to break the car windows can be an invaluable tool to keep in your car.

Additionally, it is a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand to provide immediately medical care before paramedics arrive.

2. Blankets

Now that it is winter, body temperatures can quickly drop after an accident. Whether it is to keep you warm in cold weather or to provide warmth to someone who is in shock after an accident, no car should be without a good blanket.

3. Flashlight

Because of the reduced visibility, many accidents occur at night. Having a reliable source of lighting can help you investigate the severity of the accident.

A flashlight has practical purposes, too. For example, it can give some much-needed light if you need to change a flat tire at night.

4. Important contact information

It is smart to maintain a list of important contact information. This information may include your emergency contact and any important medical information that you believe emergency personnel should know.

It is also a good idea to keep your car insurance agent’s and an attorney’s contact information handy so that you can reach out to them immediately after a car accident.