Be prepared for car trouble BEFORE it strikes

December 27th, 2015 by

Make your own roadside emergency kit

No one ever PLANS to have car trouble. Unfortunately, emergencies do happen … and they usually happen at the most inopportune times. (Why is that?) Plan ahead by creating a Roadside Emergency Kit. Just having the kit tucked inside your car is sure to give you added peace of mind.

Jumper cables – A dead car battery can stop you in your tracks. Stow a set of cables, and you’ll be prepared to give your car – or someone else’s – an emergency jump.

A flashlight – Night-time emergencies can be especially dangerous. A flashlight can be a life-saver as you attempt to diagnose or fix a problem. Extra batteries are a good idea, too!

Warm blankets – These are a must if you end up stranded on the side of the road in cooler weather. (Blankets can come in handy at sporting events and picnics, too — an added bonus!)

A first-aid kid – Pre-assembled kits are readily available at drugstores, and they are usually quite affordable.

Water bottles and simple snacks – If you end up being stuck for a few hours, crackers and granola bars will tide you over until help arrives.

Tools — It’s always a good idea to stash a few basics, including a hammer, a screwdriver and a wrench.

Tow strap or tow rope — Ideally, this should be strong enough to tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Emergency triangles or flares — Use these to alert oncoming traffic that there’s a stopped vehicle ahead.