Roadside emergencies: Be prepared


It’s happened to most of us at one time or another. We are cruising down the road, minding our own business, then, BAM, the car breaks down. The best way to handle these situations is to be prepared for them before it happens. Having a roadside emergency kit is essential whether you travel short distances or long. The well stocked emergency kit will contain all, if not most of everything on the following list:

Cell phone:
This is the first thing most people think of, yet, it isn’t always practical. Cell phone signals are not available everywhere, so while it’s a good idea to have one, don’t neglect the other things on the list.

Tire sealant:
You should always have a can (or two) of these in your emergency kit. Sometimes, it is more than one tire that goes flat.

You will want to have; Coolant, oil, transmission fluid, water, brake fluid. Don’t forget the funnels. Even if you just carry enough to get you to the nearest service station, it is better than having none with you.

Sometimes the solution to the problem is as simple as tightening a connection. Everyone should carry a small toolkit in their car which includes a screwdriver and a wrench. Duct tape is also great to have with you for a leaky hose. Of course, everyone should have a set of jumper cables in their car. Include rags or towels in your kit. Flashlights are also a must have for a good emergency kit (along with a couple of extra batteries.) Include a flare, or triangle to keep you safe while the repair is being done.

In case of the extreme emergency situation:
No one likes to think about it, but it does happen; being stranded in a storm, or in the desert, and having to wait it out. This definitely falls under the “better safe than sorry” category. Here are some things you may want to consider keeping in your car for just such an emergency;

  • Bottled water: This is one of the most important things you need to have available if stuck waiting for help.
  • Blankets: You may find yourself stranded in the cold, so have plenty of blankets available, just in case.
  • A First Aid Kit: Again, you just never know. You may need this, especially if stranded.
  • Energy bars: Even if you are without food for a time, the water and energy bars will keep your body going.
  • Walking shoes: You may be in for a long walk! You don’t want to be stuck in uncomfortable shoes.

Gathering these items together will only take a small amount of time, but they can literally save your life in an emergency. No one likes to think it will be them stranded, not even the people who have been stranded before. By storing these few things in your car, you increase the chance of keeping you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.

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