It is important to be prepared in case anything unusual happens when you are on the road. Whether your battery dies, you get a flat tire, or have a car accident – there are things you can have on hand to help stay safe. Here are 7 safety essentials that we recommend you keep in your car at all times.
- Portable Battery Charger –
It happens to everyone at some point. When you are traveling or just going about your business – you go to start your car when…nothing. Dead battery. Having a portable battery charger can come in handy especially if no one else is around.
- First Aid Kit –
You never know what can happen, which is why you need to keep a first aid kit on hand. You may need to use it for you and your family one day or there may be someone that is in need of help that you can assist.
- Spare Tire –
Most people experience a flat tire or a blow out sometime. If you have a jack and spare tire on hand, you can change the tire yourself in the time it would take for a tow truck or roadside assistance to arrive.
- Road Flares/Reflectors –
Road flares and reflectors are important especially if you breakdown at night. They will help other drivers see you, lessening the chance of you getting hit.
- Portable Cell Phone Charger –
One of the worst things that can happen is breaking down and your cell phone is dead. Having a portable cell phone charger handy is great so you can be able to make emergency telephone calls.
- Multipurpose Tool –
Keep something like a swiss army style knife in your car. A multipurpose tool like that can really help you in a bind. Depending on the one you get it may have a knife, spoon/fork, screwdriver, pliers, etc.
- Food/Water –
An important thing to consider having in your vehicle is food and water. Water can be used to prevent dehydration or to help if your engine is overheating. Food can be useful if you are having a blood sugar issue or are stranded – to survive. Types of food items to have on hand may include: trail mix, granola, protein bars, and meat sticks. Try and keep something that has a longer expiration date.
Even if you take great care of your car, you mind yourself broken down at some point. It is better to be prepared by having a few safety essentials on hand in case of emergency.