Summer is winding down, school will be starting soon, and many of us will be taking last minute vacations before we settle into fall and winter. Road trips with family or friends are always a fun way to leave town for a few days, but you never know what lies ahead of you when you set out on the open road. Having a roadside emergency kit is one smart way to be prepared if any unforeseen events leave you in a bind.
Purchasing a pre-made kit is great, but making one of your own allows you to incorporate exactly what you may need in case of an emergency. Whether you’ll be driving hundreds of miles on vacation soon, or only getting behind the wheel for your daily commute to work, a roadside emergency kit is a must-have! Here’s what we suggest keeping inside:
1. Flashlight. An emergency situation will happen when you least expect it, and if it happens to come at night, you’ll want to make sure you can access the situation by getting a good look at the problem. If you can’t pull over to a well-lit area, keeping a flashlight in your kit will be tremendously helpful.
2. Towels/Rags. Whether you have an accidental spill or need an old cloth for first-aid purposes, keeping some linens in your car that you don’t mind getting dirty make a great addition to an emergency kit.
3. Pliers, wrench, additional tools. The solution to your car’s emergency could simply be replacing, tightening, or installing a piece of hardware that requires simple household tools. Keep a few extra tools in your kit in case something under the hood needs a quick adjusting.
4. Tire pressure gauge. It’s never fun to see the tire pressure dashboard light! Keeping a tire pressure gauge in your kit will make it easy to check your tire pressure at a moment’s notice when a service station may not be readily available to you. Maintaining the manufacturer suggestion PSI will keep your tires running their best as long as possible.
5. Jumper cables. No one wants to experience a dead battery, whether you’re driving around town or on vacation in an unknown city. However, when the time comes, having jumper cables in your emergency kit will make the situation much easier.
6. Bottled water. Keeping water in your car could prove to be extremely valuable on a hot day if you experience car trouble and have to wait for assistance. You don’t know how long you may be waiting for help and staying hydrated is very important.
If you’ve never been stranded roadside with car trouble it’s easy to overlook the benefits of keeping an emergency kit, but you never know what you might experience in the future. In addition, come see our expert installers at Discount Auto Glass to find the best solution to your glass emergencies. Our team of glass specialists offer the best warranty and guarantee superior workmanship and professionalism. Get a quote or find your nearest location and stop by to see us today!