Southern Insurance Associates
February 8, 2021
Why Keep Emergency Items?
Over 76% of Americans drive their car to work everyday. The commute to work, the grocery store, or the mall could be like any other day, but what if something goes wrong? Will you be prepared? For most of us, driving is the most dangerous activity that we do everyday. Although most of us have a service we can call like AAA, every vehicle owner should have emergency supplies to ensure they’re prepared for whatever happens on the road. To be properly prepared for check and make sure you have these items in your car.
First Aid Kit
Whether it's a paper cut or a more serious injury, having a first aid kit is a must. First aid kits can be easily assembled at home or bought at your local drug store. If you decide to make your own, be sure to include bandages in multiple sizes, gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, disinfectant, and cotton swabs.
Water Bottles and Snacks
Water is essential to keeping human beings alive but it can be useful for more than that. Water can be used for cleaning up engine oil or replacing windshield washing fluid. Store a couple jugs of water or a case of bottled water in your trunk for drinking or cleaning. Keeping a couple snacks in the car is a good idea for if you ever get stuck.
Although most people have a phone with a built-in light, it's a good idea to keep a flashlight and an extra pair of batteries in your car. Having a flashlight will make sure that you are able to see and damage to your car at night and that you are able to get around in an unknown area in the dark.
Keeping a blanket, sweatshirt, pants, and extra pair of socks in your trunk could be the difference between life and death, especially if you live in a cold environment. If you live in a colder area consider keeping a sleeping bag as well. These items will be essential if your car breaks down during the winter.
A basic tool kit can be a lifesaver if your car breaks down. If you are far from a gas station or repair shop a tool kit could allow you to make basic repairs to your vehicle. Consider keeping items such as a tire gauge, screwdrivers, pliers, oil, brake fluid, duct tape, and a pocket knife. Based on your local climate an ice scraper and collapsible shovel might be good items to keep a well.
Having a spare tire and the ability to install it is an essential part of vehicle ownership. If you get a flat tire you will need to have a car jack, tire iron, and pipe and a spare tire to get back on the road.
Keeping jumper cables in your car will ensure you can quickly get back on the road if your car battery dies. Forgetting to turn off a light or close a door is all it takes to drain your battery.
Emergency Flares or Reflective Traffic Cones
A busy highway, crowded intersection, or blind curve isn't the ideal place for your car to break down. However, situations like this happen everyday/ During the night or stormy weather it can be very difficult for other drivers to see you. An emergency flare or reflective traffic cones will make sure that you can be easily seen by other motorists.
Car Escape Tool
Although it is scary though, you never know when you will need to get out of your car under extreme conditions. Keeping a tool that allows you to cut your seatbelt and break your window could literally be a lifesaver in one of these situations.
Although we hope you’ll never have to need any of these items, we want you to be prepared for whatever situation you might encounter on the road. Keeping all of these items in your vehicle will ensure that you are ready for whatever situation comes your way on the road. Making yourself familiar with your vehicle and common roadside and vehicle safety measures is a good way to make sure you and your family remain safe in a variety of situations.