Emergency Items to Keep in Your Car Accidents and break downs can happen at any time. That’s why it’s important to be prepared whenever you hit the road and make sure to always have certain essential emergency items stored in the trunk. Flashlight It’s hard to accomplish much of anything in the dark. Always carry a flashlight in your car and an extra set of batteries, just in case. A flashlight is uselessif the batteries are dead. Jumper Cables As long as you know how to use them properly, jumper cables are a key item to have in your car. A car battery can easily be trained after making a simple error like leaving the interior light on. All you need is a jump to get it going again and you may not have much time to wait around for roadside assistance. As long as you find a friendly car owner that’s willing to help you, you can be up and running in no time. Flares Getting stranded on the side of the road in a place that isn’t well lit is a dangerous experience. It’s important to use devices like flares and reflective triangles to warn oncoming traffic that there is a car on the side of the road. If possible, wait for assistance outside of and far away from the car. First Aid Kit Items like gauze and bandages may come in handy after a minor accident. First aid kits can be purchased or put together on your own. Water It’s good to have water stored in the car for a few reasons. First, if you are stranded for a long period of time you can drink it to stay hydrated. It can also come in handy if the car overheats. Shovel If you live in a climate that is warm all year round, this item probably isn’t necessary. However for those that live in cold, snowy areas it’s important to have winter items like a shovel and sand or kitty litter stored in the car. These items are helpful when a car gets stuck in the snow or ice. Air Compressor Most cars notify the driver when the tire pressure is low by displaying a light in the dashboard. This isn’t something to ignore. It’s not always convenient to find a gas station, and an air compressor can be used simply by plugging it into the cigarette lighter. About the Author: Tom’s Foreign Auto Parts of Waterbury, CT is a multi channel used foreign auto part retailer. Tom’s Foreign Auto Parts specializes in parting out all foreign late model salvage cars and sells quality car replacement parts and accessories online. For more information please call 800-255-6656 or visit http://www.tomsforeign.com.
Published on Dec 19, 2011
Published on Dec 19, 2011
Accidents and break downs can happen at any time. That’s why it’s important to be prepared whenever you hit the road and make sure to alway...