You Never Wish For an Emergency, But It’s A Good Idea to be Prepared For One Just in Case.
No one ever likes to dwell on what could potentially happen, but if something does go wrong, being prepared can make all of the difference. If you got stuck on the side of the road due to an emergency right now, would you be prepared to handle it? Would you have what you need in the car?
What to keep in your Vehicle in case of Emergency:
- First Aid Kit
- Road Flairs
- Warm Gloves, Hat, Jacket
- Glass Hammer
- Tire Pressure Gauge/Air compressor
- Jumper Cables/Battery Charger
- For Dog Owners: a spare serving of food in a sealed container.
- Dog Leash/Harness
Flashlights: Whether you need to pull over and check on a tire, or you’re stuck on the side of the road at night, a flashlight is a versatile tool to have on hand. Flashlights that can be charged by winding, or other mechanical motion are a great idea as you’ll always be able to use them. If you keep a battery powered flashlight in your car it’s a good idea to keep a spare pair of batteries in your car with the flashlight and check them regularly.
First Aid Kit: From car crashes, to minor scrapes while you’re out and about having a first aid kit on hand is a must. If you’ve had one in your car for a while now, pull it out and check to make sure that it’s stock and that the meds inside aren’t expired. If you don’t have one, get one. You may never pull it out in an emergency, but if you or a loved one is hurt, it can make all of the difference until trained medical professionals arrive.
Road Flairs: Staying safe is being seen. If you’re having car trouble on the side of the road, even in daylight, setting out flairs can alert oncoming traffic to give you room. Make sure these are stored in a place/way that they’ll stay dry. If they’re wet, you won’t be able to use them when you need them.
Warm Clothing: If you live in an area where the temperatures can drop, even if it’s just at night, it’s a great idea to have some spare gloves, hat, and even a jacket stashed in your vehicle. If you are stuck for some time before a response truck or team can get to you, this clothing will come in handy.
Glass Hammer: While the sound and look like something out an action movie, these glass breaking tools are good to have on hand. They’re specifically designed to break automotive glass with ease in case of emergency. While you might not go sliding off of the road and into a lake or ocean, you might find yourself in a wreck with a jammed door.
Tire Pressure Gauge and/or air compressor: One of the most common issues that strand drivers on the road are flats, punctures, or tires with low air pressure. Having a tire pressure gauge on hand can tell you if you can safely drive on your tires until you can make it to an air compressor, at a gas or service station. If your tire pressure is too low, you could call a tow truck…or you could have a portable compressor on hand that can plug into your car and save the day.
Snacks: Whether you keep them at arm’s length (in your glove compartment or center console) or stash them away in another compartment having snacks on hand can save the day. Snacks can make the difference if you have to wait for roadside assistance, keep kids occupied, and help maintain blood sugars if you’re traveling with a diabetic.
Water: Keep a few extra bottles or a jug of water on hand is a good safety precaution. Yes, there is the obvious reason, staying hydrated is a must, especially in hotter climates/temperatures. But water can also help to cool off various parts of your engine and keep your car from suffering some serious heat damage.
Emergency Supplies for Dog Owners:
Dog Food: Much like snacks, if you’re traveling with a canine companion, it’s a great idea to keep a serving or two of their food (pre-portioned) on hand. If you get stuck in traffic, hit bad weather and will arrive home late, or break down, your furry friend will thank you. Dog food does have a shelf life so make sure you cycle through this regularly. It’s also great on hand in case you find a lost dog. A little bit of food can help you gain their trust and achieve their rescue.
Dog Leash/Harness: Another must have if you are traveling with your dog, even on short trips, is a leash. Keeping a leash in your vehicle will ensure that if you ever have to leave your vehicle, make an emergency potty break stop, or crash somewhere for the night, that your dog is safe and secure with you.