The weather on the road can quickly turn on you. Other drivers on the road can also present a danger. Don’t ever get caught unprepared. It can save you and your passengers’ lives.
Spare Tire, Tire Inflater & Tire sealant
An extra tire can save you hours waiting for help. You can drive up to 50 kilometers on a spare, enough to get you to a comfortable place where you can wait for help. At least have an emergency flat tire inflator canister if a spare takes too much space. Most newer cars don’t include spare tires anymore to save money manufacturing the vehicle. You can’t drive around with a flat tire, can you? But you also don’t want to be changing it with hundreds of cars flying by you at a speed of 55+ mph. This is where a sealant in a can comes in handy. Do some research and make sure the sealant is compatible with your specific tire type.
Jumper Cables and Duct Tape
How many times have you forgotten to turn the car lights off when you park and got home? Everybody needs a boost every now and then. Finding a car is easy but many people forget the jumper cables. You may also end up saving someone else’s day. That’s always a nice feeling. Duct tape can do wonders. Use it to patch leaks until help gets to you. The radiator hose is probably cracked if your car starts overheating. Duct tape will fix that. It’s great to reattach parts of the car that have come loose as a result of hitting bumps and potholes. All of these solutions are temporary but will save you a lot of trouble on the road.
First Aid Kit and Basic Tool Kit
Bandages, antiseptic cream, hot and cold packs, sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, tweezers, non-latex gloves, and breathing barrier – look for a kit that has all of these items. Add a hand sanitizer, bulb suction device for flushing wounds and a thermometer. Know how to properly use all of them (but hopefully you won’t have to). Wrenches, screwdrivers, screwholders, pliers, tire pressure gauges – these are some of the basic you need if you have to do maintenance on your car. Make things easy for you and buy a tool kit that is always in the trunk, instead of having to remember to put every tool you may need in the car every time you leave the house.
Air Pump and Flashlight
It’s not that expensive but having to pay for air feels wrong. Have your own air compressor in the car, just in case. A flashlight or a headlamp is a crucial item to always have in your car. You can’t change a flat tire or install tire chains at night. It helps to be able to see when you are in an unfamiliar place. They are good for warning people of an accident, too. You can also use them for an SOS signal. Get a flashlight with a very bright bulb and make sure it’s charged.
Super-food Snacks and Water bottles
Imagine you have an accident in the middle of nowhere with the kids in the back. You never know for sure how long you may be stranded out there. What if there is a storm and even rescue teams can’t reach you? You need food and water. The best snacks for these kinds of situations are high-calorie energy and protein. A top priority on the road is to stay hydrated. Don’t buy gallons of water because they are too heavy and take up too much space. Instead, get a pack of small water bottles that you can put anywhere in the car. Make sure to carry a few extra refillable bottles just in case.
This is emergency fuel, and is one of the best items you can have in your car. It basically extends the life of your car long enough to find help. Don’t take a chance of getting stuck. It’s a non-flammable and bio safe that is also safe to store in the car. One of the most common reasons people get stranded is because they run out of gas. Don’t put yourself in that situation. Always make sure your tank is at least half full and that you have a small not entirely full fuel container. A siphon pump can come be useful if there is no gas station nearby and a fellow driver offers you a hit from his or her tank.
Being old school can save your life. You can’t access Google Maps to see where you have to go if your phone is dead or has no service. You don’t want to take a chance because you may end up encountering a bear. You can also use printed road maps as a heat source if you stuff them under your jacket or blanket.
Via The Active Times