Most of us who spend most of our driving in an urban environment need minimum items to survive downtime when our vehicles fail us. Tires, belts, hoses, fuel, battery, accident and who knows what? We will at sometime or another suffer from mechanical failure. For some of us that means a tow. In the southwestern states, in the summer, heat is our worst enemy. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to temperature extremes. So, make sure you have a case of water in the trunk. Hot water is much more preferable than no water at all. Another item is a pair of jumper cables, emergency triangular reflectors and perhaps a couple of LED flares (make sure you have at least one set of extra batteries). LED flares are far less expensive and last much longer than the older tech burning type flare. A flashlight is a must. Another item that is handy is a small basic first-aid kit. In most metropolitan areas emergency road services can usually respond in less than an hour, perhaps two hours on the outside.
Car Tool Kit List
Building on this basic kit a small tool kit (minimum of a multitool) with tire pressure gauge, small roll of gaffer or duct tape, some nylon ties, emergency poncho and your set. Many of these items can be found in a kit with a bag. For those who go for the emergency safety hammer remember they do no good in the trunk with your other items. If you need it to cut a safety belt or break glass it needs to where you can get it and secured where it won’t become a projectile or be thrown beyond your reach. If you need it you may be injured or dazed. It needs to be handy and easily locked in the dark and when you may not have full clarity of thought.
3 Day Survival List
For the highway traveler you need a 3-day emergency survival pack for 3-4 occupants. Water, energy bars, first aid kit (little more robust that that listed above). Some light sticks are handy as well. With widespread drought conditions it is not uncommon for travelers to be stuck for up to three days waiting for the road to open. On the interstate it is nearly impossible to turn around and find an alternate route. Best to be prepared. Emergency blanket(s), some blankets to accommodate lower nighttime temperatures and some simple card or board games if you travel with children. You may enjoy years of travel and not need these items, but if you experience an emergency they can mean survival, or at the very least a little comfort.
Professional Tire Repair Kit
For those who are mechanically inclined a tire repair kit may be included. Tire kits will fix nails and screws in the tire and are good for slow leaks. You will need an air compressor, and many are around for emergency use.
New tech is the lithium-ion battery powered jump starters. These are great in that they are relatively small and have USB ports to charge or power your electronics. One unit includes a flash light, cables and a 12v Air Compressor for $140.00 bucks. Of course, you need to keep it charged. Plug it into the lighter socket and charge as you go. For the true geek they even have portable solar generators.
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All of this is of special importance to off-roaders. You must be self-sufficient if you’re going into the bush. All your equipment must rise to the next level, it could be awhile before assistance arrives if you break down. Those who head into the wilderness areas open to motor vehicles are usually prepared by their nature and experience. Citywide Towing Service hopes this guide assists you. If you do get stranded in Greater Dallas, TX; call Citywide Towing Service for immediate towing, roadside assistance and cash for your junk cars!