Are you ready for an emergency on the road? Whether you need to get help, improve your visibility or make simple fixes, a safety kit can be your best friend in a moment of crisis.
Cellular phone and car charger. Keeping your phone on and charged prepares you to call 911 or roadside assistance. Keep tabs on where you are, so you can give them your location, which isn't always available to 911 operators.
Reflective triangle, warning light or flares. Making your vehicle visible to other drivers is vital when you are stuck on the side of the road. Battery-powered lights and reflective signs will keep you visible when it's dark.
Flashlight or lantern. A light source can help you investigate the problem, when it is safe to do so. A bright, weatherproof flashlight is best. You can also find specialized lights with clamps and stands. Spare batteries and a bulb will insure that your light will work!
Tire jack and lug wrench. While these items are standard accessories, it's important to check that they are still in good operating condition and that you know how to use them.
Jumper cables or portable battery booster. Ever loan out your jumper cables? Check to see they still are where they belong. When you don't have a second car to help you get started, a portable battery booster will do the job.
Fire extinguisher. Car fires are not uncommon. Compact fire extinguishers are made for easy storage. These products can help you keep a small flame from turning into a big problem.
Spare fuses. Electrical problems can leave you a tight spot. Sometimes, a burned-out fuse is all you need to get back on the road. Check your owner's manual for the types of fuses to keep on hand.
First-aid kit. Travel kits come with a wide array of materials to help you with pain and injuries. Tape, bandages, instant cold packs, survival blankets, ointments, and more are packaged in small, convenient cases.
Gloves and rags. Roadside emergencies can be messy and awkward. Keep yourself clean and unscratched with a pair of inexpensive work gloves. Use rags to clean up messy spills and slicks.
Auto club or roadside assistance information. Do you have a membership or favorite business to contact? Keep membership cards and phone numbers in your car at all times.
Pen and paper. Keep it old school with a notebook and pen, so you're ready to leave notes and share information.
Common sense and few practical supplies will help you in a roadside emergency. While it's never fun to break down, you can make the best of a bad situation with a well-stocked auto safety kit.
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