Being prepared is your best course of action in nearly any situation, and the vehicle you drive is no different. So many things can go wrong while driving, you need to prepare for the worse case scenario every time you head out.
The following five items are simply must-have in your emergency car kit, just in case.
Because you could become trapped anywhere along your travels, it's important to have some way to call for help that is not reliant on a battery being fully charged. Although your best device would be a cell phone, too many times, they fail the user by either not having a strong enough charge or not being able to obtain a signal. A flare should alert anyone in your general vicinity that there is trouble and help is needed.
2. A Quick Fix For Flat Tires
Fairly economical and reliable, cans of foam spray-sealant can give your tire the air it needs to transport you to the nearest gas station for help, or even home if you're lucky. Especially since changing a flat tire can be dangerous when done on the roadside, you need a fast and safe way to get the vehicle back on the road. The spray-sealant is also much easier to use if you're not strong enough to remove lug-nuts and transfer the spare.
3. A Furnished First-Aid Kit
Hopefully, this is one item in your emergency car kit you'll never need; however, breaking down usually means having to fix something, and that can mean getting cuts as you reach into the engine or under the vehicle. Additionally, if you're ever in an accident and waiting for an ambulance to arrive, a tourniquet could save someone's life.
4. Jumper Cables
Batteries aren't always the most reliable devices in cars, nor are the gauges that are supposed to indicate their health. If you're ever stuck somewhere with a battery that simply won't get your car going, you're going to need jumper cables. Also, if you happen to see someone else stuck and wish to help, you'll have the needed equipment. Cables are essential in cold weather climates, known to brutalize batteries at the worst possible times.
5. Clean Drinking Water
Under any circumstances, be they running out of gas, a flat tire or simply getting lost out in the middle of nowhere, you should always have a means of hydrating. Wash a few 2-liter soda bottles and fill them with tap water, or pop a six-pack of your favorite bottled water in the trunk.
Don't take chances, especially when your life and the lives of others are at stake. Be prepared in your vehicle with an emergency kit and keep these five items, along with things you deem crucial, on hand and you should be well prepared for most any scenario. And, if you get stuck and need emergency services, always call 911 for help. If you think you need towing services, call us for help.
When we're driving our cars, there's one thing we never want to happen, and that's for our cars to break down while we're on the road. Not only is it a major inconvenience, but we may also find ourselves in potential danger depending on why and where the break down occurs. Your safety should always be your number one concern when it comes to a car break down. Here are three top safety tips if your car breaks down:
1. Make Sure You're in a Safe Place
Let's say your car breaks down on a busy highway. You should never get out of your vehicle to examine the car or to make repairs. Instead, you should get your vehicle to a safe spot before you exit. If your vehicle is unable to move, it is imperative that you motion for other drivers to drive past you. Even a flat tire could pose a danger. Therefore, it's crucial for you to get to safety, even if you destroy the tire in the process.
2. Get On Your Cell And Call for Help
After you've made sure your car is in a safe place, get on your cell and call for help. It's useful to belong to a roadside assistance service for break down emergencies. If you are unable to get to a safe place, turn on your hazard lights and do what you can to direct traffic to drive past you and call for help at the same time. Call 911 to arrive quickly and help to remove your car out of traffic. If you've moved your vehicle out of traffic but you are in a dangerous location otherwise, remain in your car with the doors locked and call the police.
3. Have What You'll Need on Hand
To assist with protecting yourself and your car, be prepared. Carry things like flares, reflective triangles, and flags in your glove compartment. Your hazard lights are also an excellent way to warn other drivers and oncoming traffic.
Also, be sure to pack an emergency kit to keep in your trunk. The kit should include jumper cables, rope, a warm blanket, gloves, a first-aid kit, and a spare tire.
When your car breaks down, it can be a scary experience for everyone involved. However, if you follow these tips, it will help you take care of the situation.