There are a number of vehicle emergencies that can occur on the road. There are many scenarios that come to mind, so how does one prepare for them all? As you cannot know what may happen on the road, there are ways you can prepare for almost any scenario. Citywide Towing Service will share what emergency items you should keep in your vehicle to help ensure you are prepared and not left helpless.
What Should Be in a Car Emergency Kit?
Jumper Cables – When your vehicle’s battery dies, you don’t want to be left in a hazardous parking spot waiting for help, if you keep jumper cables inside your vehicle you may be able to get someone to give you a jump. Another option is a portable battery charger/jumper that you can keep in your vehicle to jump your vehicle yourself.
Gas Container – Keeping a small empty gas container can help if a gas station is close by. You can then refuel your vehicle in the event you run out of gas.
Flashlight / Glow Sticks – You may want to put a flashlight or glow stick inside your vehicle. You can use a chargeable flashlight or battery powered flashlight. Keep the batteries in backward to prevent battery drain and flip them into the right position when you find you need light.
Road Flares – Another item you should keep with you are roadside flares. You can warn other drivers of your vehicle’s position with flares and help signal for help if needed.
Tire Wedge – Have you ever found yourself changing a tire on a hill? You never know when you may need to change a tire and if you are on a hill, a tire wedge help provide additional safety.
Tire Tool and Repair Kit – You may want to make sure you have all the tools needed to change a tire. You can keep a basic tire repair kit and potable inflator to help refill the air in the tire. Make sure to include a tire pressure gauge in your tire repair kit to monitor your tire pressure.
Duct Tape – There is nothing duct tape won’t fix, right? Duct tape can help if your vehicle’s bumper or fender is loose due to a minor accident. If a window breaks you can cover the window with plastic and use the duct tape to hold the plastic in place.
Fire Extinguisher – If there is a fire you will want a fire extinguisher to put the flames out quickly. Make sure to get one designed for automobiles. Fires are rare, but you still want to be prepared.
Seat Belt Cutter and Window Breaker – This one you will want to keep close and in arms reach. In the event you need to escape your vehicle in a hurry, you can cut the seat belt if it won’t unlock, and break a window if you can’t open the door.
Car Bug Out Bag & Vehicle Survival Kit
You will want to put together a kit with items you may want to keep with you in a backpack or bag. In this kit you will want to have a first aid kit and bottled water with a few non-perishable snacks. You may find yourself on the side of the road for a few hours and may need water and food. If you transport a baby make sure to also include emergency formula with bottled water for the infant. Blankets and jackets are also good in case you find yourself stuck in cold conditions. Be prepared for all weather. Keep an umbrella or water proof cover to stay dry. A few other items you will want is a map, compass and note pad with a pencil in case you need to leave a message on your vehicle. Lastly, keep a portable car charger for your phone to ensure you can call for help.