On the road again, then….UGH! Calamity strikes. Or, just a minor hiccup.
Make sure not to doom your road trip and be prepared in case of emergency. This seems like such a no brainer when so far from home, but does your vehicle have an Emergency Roadside Kit? And really, who says you have to be far from home? You really just need to have an issue that doesn’t fit into one’s normal routine. Although these tips come from NHTSA’s Summer Driving Tips 2016, they apply to every day and every season in your vehicle.
They suggest keeping an Emergency Roadside Kit. The first item is something you probably carry every day anyway and that is a cell phone. But do you have the second in your vehicle? The charger for your cell?
Here is their complete list:
- Cell phone and car charger.
- First Aid Kit
- Flares and a white flag
- Jumper Cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- Jack(and ground mat) for changing a tire.
- Work Gloves and a change of clothes
- Basic Repair tools and some duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak!)
- Water and paper towels for cleaning up. (Being a new dad, I’d put wipes in there too.)
- Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- Maps – what if your Mobile Phone ran out of power or no service, no more Google maps.
- Emergency blankets, towels, and coats
Source: NTHSA Summer Driving Tips 2016