Essential Items To Keep In Your Vehicle
Let’s face it. Life is full of surprises and unexpected events. You can’t plan for everything, but there are some things you can do to be more prepared for certain scenarios – especially on the road.
To help prepare yourself for anything and everything when you are on the road, there are a number of items you should keep in your vehicle at all times. These items may help you get out of a sticky situation or potentially save your life. Some items you should keep in your vehicle include:
First Aid Kit
While this seems obvious, not everyone currently carries one in their vehicle. However, a first aid kit can be vital if you get into an accident. If you don’t want to buy a pre-assembled kit, you can make one yourself with items you have at home. Be sure your kit includes supplies such as sterile bandages in assorted sizes, gauze, scissors, tweezers, moist towelettes, antiseptic, safety pins, pain reliever, latex (or non-latex) gloves, soap or another cleansing agent and sunscreen. Be sure to check your kit often, replacing those items that expire.
Don’t get caught out in the dark without a light. If your car breaks down at night or you get a flat tire, you will need a light source. And in case the batteries in your flashlight die, be sure to keep some spares with it.
We all know that jumper cables can get your car up and running again if you end up with a dead battery. However, the key is to have them in your car at all times so they are available when you need them.
Spare Tire, Fix-a-Flat, and/or Tire Repair Kit
A spare tire seems like a no-brainer, but if you have already used your spare or you just don’t have one, it’s a good idea to remedy that (don’t forget the tire jack and tire iron). Fix-a-Flat or a tire repair kit can often provide enough of a fix to get you to the nearest repair station. It’s also a good idea to keep a tire air gauge in your vehicle so that you can check and make sure your tires are fully inflated.
Road flares are crucial at night so that other vehicles can see you. They come in handy in case of an accident or if you are stopped to change a tire. Matches or fire starter are also a good idea, just in case. On the flip side, a fire extinguisher is a valuable item as well.
Blankets, Towels, and Bottled Water
You never know what might happen and if you end up having to sleep in your car for awhile, you will be thankful for that blanket that is stored in the trunk…and the water.
For many people, the owner’s manual to their vehicle resides in the glove box. However, if it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to put it there. The owner’s manual provides useful information about your vehicle to help you in a bind and may include information about changing a tire, if you need it.
This list will get you started and you can add other items as well. Keep these supplies in your vehicle’s trunk so that they are out of the way, but ready to use when you need them.