No one wants to think about experiencing difficulties on the roadway or their car breaking down. It is a significant inconvenience, and all the towing and mechanic fees alone can drain a wallet. But everyone experiences car trouble at one point in their life, so it is best to prepare for anything.
These seven items are a must-have and will help in any emergency.
Right at number one is jumper cables. You may think it isn’t worthy of the list because it is blatantly obvious that a car emergency kit has them. You would be surprised by the number of people who drive around without them. Assuming your car will never die or that someone around you will have jumper cables you can borrow is not proactive. Take the step in the right direction and buy yourself a set of jumper cables to keep in your trunk.
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. This tool is a lot like insurance; you get it to protect you in case of an accident but hope you never have to use it.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is convenient to have in the center console or trunk of a car. That way, 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. It is 90 degrees and sunny one second, and the next, it is 40 degrees and cloudy. You never know what the weather is like, and you can’t predict when your car will decide to break down. In the event of your car breaking down, have a blanket packed in your truck to keep you warm until help arrives.
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 not always 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.
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 quench a person’s thirst and hunger. These items will also last a while in your car before needing to be replaced.
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 packed away in your trunk. They will come in handy when needing to tighten parts or cutting unwanted materials.
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