A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action, may require you to have safety precations and things to carry in your vehicle. Here’s what you may or should have on hand. Even if you pay for a roadside assistance service. Breaking down in your car is a highly stressful thing to experience and can leave you sitting on the side of the road at night with other cars rushing past at high speeds while you struggle with the cold and with dwindling food and water.
Here are some essential items to keep in your car in case of emergency.
Having a spare tire in the car is one of the most important things to keep right away as this way you can get yourself back on the road in cases of a puncture or a tear. There should be a space in your trunk (often underneath the material at the bottom) or on the back of your car for a tire and you should ensure you always have one there.
Tire Repair Kit
You won’t always need to completely replace your tire – sometimes you will be able to simply repair one you currently have. For this you will of course need a tire repair kit. There very affordable and you can get them at any auto parts shop. They’re very handy to have on hand.
Tire inflater and sealer:
Like the Fix-a-Flat, which can plug a leak (and help you avoid using the above tools) just enough to get you to the auto shop. An easy process that we get you out of a bind.
Tire pressure gauge:
Checking tire pressure on a regular basis can improve handling, increase fuel economy, promote tire longevity, and even save lives. Take time in-between gas stops when you have to refuel to check your tire and even your oil level from time to time to prevent tire blow-outs and overheated engines.
A car jack is that device you use to raise your car off of the ground. A spare tire isn’t much good to you unless you are also carrying one of these unless you happen to be related to Hercules by blood. This will also come in handy in all of other scenarios in case you need to get to your brake pads, or remove a wedged stone etc.
You will need a wrench if you’re going to get the bolts off and back on to your wheel in order to make any changes. Again there should be space for one of these along with the jack in your boot.
Very useful for loosening bolts and can also help for lubricating hinges and various other procedures. One of those things that’s just handy to have around in a crisis.
Car Owner’s Manual
A car owner’s manual should come with every new car (if yours is second hand then you can order one online) and provides lots of very useful information for car owners and mechanics alike – helping you to find your way around the bonnet and to know things like the ideal tire pressure/where the battery is.
And why might you need to know where your battery is? So that you can get a jump start from someone of course. By keeping a pair of jump leads in your trunk you can get a charge off of any passers-by if you’re stranded on the road. At the same time this will also allow you to give other people a bit of a boost
Having an map with you for your country or state can ensure that no matter where you are you will have at least some guide to getting home.
The most important thing to be able to do in an emergency is to be able to contact people for help. This means not only the emergency services, but also your family to let them know where you are and that you’re safe. For this you will need a phone, which is why it’s a very good move to keep a powered down old phone in your car to be able to call for help when you need it.
Having some money in your car is a very good idea as a way to avoid being caught out if you need to use a payphone or parking somewhere, or if you need to buy any supplies/tools/food. Keep spare change and a couple of notes in a safe place in your car as insurance.
Having a portable gas can is incredibly useful for scenarios where you might want to top up your gas because you’re stranded. This way you can walk/hitch a ride to the nearest petrol station and then come back with fuel.
These could come in very handy in an accident, and if you have breakdown or 24 hour towing and roadside coverage for instance then you won’t want to be searching online on your phone while your car is stuck in the middle of the road. Make sure then that you have any information on hand and that you know where it is at all times. Here is a great article from our blog about the benefits of having 24 hour roadside and towing assisstance added on and available to you. http://aautoandhomeinsurance.com/benefits-24-hour-roadside-towing-assistance/
If you break down at night then a light can be useful for seeing, for making your way around, and for signalling for help. Of course you should also keep spare batteries.
Having water with you can help to sustain you and your family if you are stranded for a long period of time. You can even keep some freeze dried food with you if you are worried about what you’ll eat during this time.
Pen and Paper
If you’ve hit another driver then this is very useful for taking down their details. In fact a pen and paper is generally incredibly useful and I would go as far as to say you should always have them on you even when you’re not in the car.
Blankets are obviously useful for keeping warm if your power is out or if you’re trying not to drain the battery, but they are also useful for recovering from shock, especially if you have young children on board and have had an accident.
In case of a serious accident, a medical kit can help you to tend to the wounds of anyone on board. At the same time you should also keep any medical supplies in here that are specific to the needs of you and your family – for instance keep some insulin if you have diabetic passengers, asthma inhalers etc.
Because dead batteries happen to the best of us. You should familiarize yourself with your engine just in case things are a little different. Alternatively, you can pack an emergency battery booster so you don’t have to rely on a Good Samaritan coming along as mentioned earlier.
The solution is to make like the scouts and ensure you are always prepared for any eventuality, and by keeping the right things in your car at all times you can make certain that you are equipped to deal with such a situation and to avoid any serious calamity.
We hope none of the above scenarios ever happen but here at Cheapest Auto Insurance we always want to make sure you’re covered in the best possible way. We also have the option for 24 hour towing and roadside assistance. This article is also a recommendation and just for educational purposed. Please get with a qualified emergency specialist. If you ever get caught in a bad situation like a car wreck, injury due to an accident, or etc. Please dial 911 for an emergency response.
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