Every car owner should keep and maintain a vehicle emergency kit, full of items you might need if you have car troubles. Whether you don’t have any of these essentials in your car or you just need to update your kit for summer, we can help.
If your car breaks down or you get into an accident, the very first thing you should do is set out triangle reflectors or flares so other cars can see that you’re stopped well in advance and give you a wide berth. Having these in your kit will be particularly helpful if you get into an accident when it’s dark out or the weather creates low visibility.
For Your Car
Carrying some simple tools can mean the difference between being stranded on the side of the road for hours or getting back on the road within a few minutes. Keep some of your tools like pliers and a wrench in your car, or even buy a basic toolkit.
Always have a pair of jumper cables in case your battery dies — they even make jumper cables connected to a lithium-ion battery now, so you don’t have to rely on another motorist to give you a jump. You should also keep spare bottles of motor oil or coolant in case of overheating, especially during the summer.
If you are going to be stuck on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance or police, you need to keep yourself running, too. Always keep a first aid kit in your car so you can tend to minor injuries in a crash, as well as a flashlight to help you stay visible and see your way around.
Make sure you have plenty of bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars in case you’re stranded for a long period of time. Water is vital in the summertime, when the heat dehydrates you more quickly. And keep a car charger and spare battery for your phone so you can call emergency services.
These are just some of the essential items to keep in your vehicle emergency kit. For more ideas — or for a new vehicle to put your kit in — stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.