You don’t slide into your car and expect to be in an accident or get lost. Yet, most drivers face these and other emergencies at least once in their driving careers. Prepare for anything with a stocked emergency kit and a few essential supplies.
Tire Repair Kit
Tires aren’t made to last forever. Be prepared for a dreaded flat when you stock a tire repair kit. It includes an inflated spare tire, a jack or lift, a torque wrench and a tarp that covers the ground as you change the tire. Flares are also a good idea since they warn passing drivers that you’re broken down. Of course, if you can’t pull safely off to the side of the road or can’t see to change the tire, call for help.
Every car uses a battery. When it’s properly charged, you’re able to drive until your car runs out of fuel, but a dead battery will leave you stuck along the side of the road. You’ve probably used jumper cables to revive a dead battery before. That requires another vehicle, though, an impossible feat if you’re stuck on a back road late at night. A better alternative is to carry a battery charger that you can charge at home and carry with you for up to a month before it needs recharged. You can also program in the number to your local service shop for when you need a car battery replacement.
Even if you’re not stranded overnight, an overnight bag comes in handy. If you happen to get stuck changing a tire in the rain, need to camp out in your car for a few hours or have an accident, the contents of your overnight bag could mean the difference between being cold and wet for hours and nice and dry. Read the rest of this entry »