No one walks out the door in the morning expecting to have a car emergency. Actually, in regard to vehicle mishaps, many people think to themselves, “that will never happen to me.”
Whether you’re the luckiest person in the world, or you break mirrors and see black cats every day, it’s important to be prepared. There are several tools that should be kept on hand while driving around.
Tools for Emergencies
It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit within reach. You never know when a minor injury can occur. Maybe you slice your finger on the book you are reading and need a band-aid, or while on a hike you twist your ankle and need a bandage to keep it secure until you can attend to it properly. If a headache suddenly approaches, having medicine on hand can offer a quick fix.
Keeping a fire extinguisher in the trunk is useful in case your engine overheats and catches on fire. Of course, this sounds extreme, but it’s not too uncommon. A fire extinguisher is also a must-have if you or your passengers smoke.
Keeping a couple of flares in your car can be used in case your car breaks down during the evening. Pull your car to the side and line up flares to warn oncoming traffic of your stopped vehicle. Flares are also good for helping first responders locate you in the middle of the night.
Tools for Roadside Breakdowns
If you’ve ever been driving down the road, and your car begins to slow down while your foot is still on the petal, chances are you’ve run out of gas. It’s always a good idea to have an empty gas can in your trunk for when you need to walk to the nearest station to buy more fuel. It’s a lot cheaper and time-sensitive than waiting for roadside assistance.
Having a dependable pair of jumper cables can come in handy in case you leave your lights on after stopping for a good night’s rest at a hotel. You can use your jumper cables in conjunction with another vehicle to get your car up and running again. Having a portable battery charger can also do the trick although these are a little more expensive.
One of the most important tools to have in your car is a jack and spare tire. Freeways and streets are littered with debris such as glass, old nails, and sharp gravel. Any of these could puncture your tire. Having the tools necessary to replace a tire and drive to an auto shop for a full repair is invaluable.
Other Useful Tools
Other useful tools, such as a flashlight, air pressure gauge, snow scraper, and even work gloves can be beneficial to keep in your vehicle. It certainly makes traveling a lot less stressful when you know you are prepared for anything.