No one wants to think about experiencing difficulties on the roadway, as it’s a significant inconvenience, and all the towing and mechanic fees alone can drain a wallet. But everyone experiences car trouble at some point, so it is best to prepare sooner rather than later.
Here are seven must-have items you will want to have on hand if you run into trouble on the roadway.
1. Jumper Cables
At the top of the list is a set of jumper cables. These are great for when leave an interior light on over night or if if you left your car sitting for an extended period of time and your battery needs a recharge.
2. Windshield Breaker & Seatbelt Cutter
In the event of an accident, especially involving a body of water, you will need a windshield breaker & seatbelt cutter. This 2-in-1 tool will allow you to exit your vehicle promptly so that you can get to safety.
3. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is convenient to have in the center console or trunk of a car. If a driver or passenger needs headache medicine or a bandaid, they can assist themselves quickly. It not only saves time but prevents the driver from having to stop at a convenience store each time there is a small medical emergency.
Texas winters can be unpredictable—one second, it’s 90 degrees and sunny, and the next, it is 40 degrees with clouds. You never know what the weather is like, and you can’t predict when your car will decide to break down. If your car breaks down, have a blanket packed in your trunk to keep you warm until help arrives.
5. Road Map
Going on road trips requires a GPS unless the driver is familiar with the area. While relying on a navigation system is acceptable, it will only sometimes be there to help you. Driving in the mountains or through the countryside means the likelihood of losing cell service is exceptionally high. Plan to keep a road map in your glove box in case of an emergency like this.
6. Food & Water
If a car breaks down, it is best to have food and water to snack on until help arrives. Sometimes assistance can take hours, especially if road conditions are not ideal. Items such as bottled water, dried fruit, jerky, and nuts should hold you over for a while. They should also last a while in your car before needing to be replaced.
7. Tool Kit
A car emergency kit would not be complete without a few tools. You never know what is going to go wrong. It is better to be over-prepared than not to have the right equipment to fix the problem. Be sure to have sockets, screwdrivers, and a pocket knife stored in your trunk. They will come in handy when tightening parts or cutting unwanted materials.