Is your vehicle properly stocked with an emergency kit?
These are items you are going to need if your car unexpectedly breaks down. Our list goes beyond the old standards like a first aid kit, a blanket, jumper cables and the like. While those items are all great things to have on board, you should consider purchasing some additional things to keep in your vehicle in case you find yourself stranded.
Emergency vehicles carry road flares, and for a good reason.
They burn a bright red light, visible both at night and during the day. Flares provide one of the most effective ways of getting the attention of drivers who are approaching a disabled vehicle. Don’t be intimidated by them; they’re easy to light, and they can truly save your life by preventing another vehicle from crashing into you. They come in kits with a carrying case, or you can purchase them individually.
Another item emergency vehicles carry is a fire extinguisher.
Special smaller ones are made for non-commercial vehicles. The type to look for is one that can put out different kinds of fires, such as electrical and petroleum (oil, gasoline) since many different kinds of fires can start in your vehicle. Some have a mounting bracket to keep them from moving around.
An LED flashlight will help you see in the dark.
At night, if you have a flat tire or need to attend to someone who’s injured, you need to be able to see what you’re doing. So, get an LED flashlight designed for automotive use. Many not only have a beam to aim at something; they also have a built-in lantern to light up a bigger area. It’s a must-have light to read instructions on jacking your vehicle or helping to bandage a cut after an accident. Don’t think your cell phone is going to do the job! Plus, you need that for communication – save the battery.
Drinking water and snacks are a must!
The final item is a no-brainer, but it’s a basic when it comes to staying alive. Have a supply of drinking water and some snacks on hand in your vehicle. If you are ever stranded, you don’t want to have to resort to eating bugs and drinking melted snow. Power bars and bottled water are the way to go!
Emergency crews carry all these things for a reason. You should, too. Not only could they save your life, but they could also help you save someone else.
Of course the best way to avoid a break down is to have your vehicle serviced regularly at M & W Auto Service & Tire. Schedule your appointment today!