Flat tires, ignition problems and crashes can occur in many places and elements. If you face car trouble or a crash, you might find yourself in a remote area, in darkness and perhaps even injured. These incidents can range from mere inconveniences to ones requiring urgent action. To get you back on the road or to further help, here are some emergency items that should be a part of your vehicle or trip.
Spare Tire, Jack and Wrench
Make sure your vehicle comes with a spare tire and a jack. Purchase a lug wrench, torque wrench or an impact wrench. A one-half inch wrench should work for most lug nuts on tires. Learn how to change a flat tire. A survey found that nearly one in five motorists lack the ability to change a flat tire. Don’t wait until a roadside emergency before you consult an online video for replacing a flat with the spare.
Keep in mind that a spare tire is not designed for long-term usage. If you can’t repair the flat tire, get it replaced as soon as you can.
A non-starting car may have a dead battery as the culprit. A typical vehicle battery has a lifespan of around five years. When you are shopping for any car you’re interested in, like pre-owned Fords for sale, ask whether the battery has been replaced or inspect the battery yourself.
If you are stranded and your battery has died, ask someone to give you a jump. Once the cables are connected, let the car doing the jumping run for a few minutes. To be sure your battery is the problem and that it is working now, turn off the car and restart it without the jumper cables. If your car starts, likely replacing the battery will solve the problem in the long run. Should the car not start, you may need an alternator replacement.
Wireless Phone and Charger
Cell phones have made it much easier to contact a tow company, roadside assistance services and family or friends. To have the benefit of this, keep your cell phone charged any time you’re on a long trip. Use the charger that may be built into your car, or have a separate charger handy.
Always keep contacts saved for roadside assistance services, such as AAA, nearby services stations, towing companies and your insurance company. You may also want to keep a physical list in your glove compartment for ready access.
Lights and Bright Colors
For nighttime emergencies, you should keep a flashlight equipped in your car. A headlamp in particular frees your hands for changing tires and otherwise working on your vehicle. Other flashlights come with the ability to angle the lamp with or without utility tools. Consider a flashlight that uses rechargeable batteries. Keep extra batteries handy for the flashlight.
You also need your car to be visible to other motorists. Use an orange cloth to place on or over the car. Reflective triangles or other portable lights should go around your vehicle, especially at night time.
With a first aid kit, you can treat some injuries even before an ambulance arrives. Your kids should have items such as bandages, gauze, tape, antibiotic ointments and scissors. Many of these items can treat minor cuts so that you avoid infections. Blankets can help keep you or injured passengers warm in cold weather and comfortable.
Vehicle malfunctions or crashes can happen on long trips or short errands. These supplies and equipment can help you respond promptly to roadside incidents and perhaps save you money or lives.
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