Emergency Equipment Every Car Owner Should Have on Hand
June 22, 2021
When it comes to the open roads, there are a lot of things that can happen when you’re behind the wheel. From a mechanical breakdown to a severe weather event, drivers must be prepared to deal with any unforeseen circumstances that might unfold. That is why it is crucial that you have an emergency preparedness kit on hand at all times.
Here at Rob’s Automotive, we understand the importance of keeping you and your vehicle safe when on the road. We’ve compiled a list of essential items your car needs in case of a breakdown, accident, or another event. Rob’s is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information to our customers, ensuring their safety and comfort behind the wheel.
Make sure you always have the following equipment in your car in case of an emergency:
Be Prepared For the Unexpected
No one starts their journey planning to break down and be left stranded. Having the correct equipment on hand can help you be prepared for a dead battery, flat tire, coolant leak, or even broken wiper blades that would otherwise lead to a bad experience.
Whether you’re on your daily commute or driving a long distance, here are some items that you should always have in the vehicle:
- Jumper Cables: Dad always had a set in his car; why don’t you? Jumper cables are essential in case of a bad battery. Most people know cold weather can be hard on your battery but don’t realize that a hot summer day can be just as tough. Temperature extremes, an aging battery, or a faulty alternator can all lead to an unexpected breakdown. Make sure your car has a set of jumper cables available in case you are ever faced with a dead battery.
- Important Car Fluids: Every driver should have extra coolant and motor oil handy in case of an emergency. In fact, these fluids can be a lifesaver if you develop a sudden leak. Although low fluids don’t cause your car to become immobile, running a vehicle without them can cause extensive damage to the engine and lead to expensive repairs. Always have some coolant, oil, and other essential fluids available in case of an unforeseen leak.
- Wipers and Windshield Fluid: You should always carry an extra set of wiper blades and some wiper fluid in your car. A set of wiper blades can prevent you from losing the ability to see during storms and other weather calamities. Having some extra windshield wiper fluid can also be extremely helpful to keep your vehicle’s windshield clean, especially on salted roads.
It should go without saying that you should also check your spare tire to ensure it is fully inflated and in good working condition. Inspect your jack and tire iron as well, just in case you experience a flat tire while traveling.
Plan Ahead in Case of Extended Delays
Sometimes a problem on the roads won’t be caused by a mechanical issue, and that’s why it is important to be prepared for unexpected delays. A bad storm may lead to loss of control and getting stuck, or worse, an accident that creates a significant delay in getting back to a safe location. Here are some more items you should keep stocked in your car in case of an extended delay:
- First Aid Kit: Any emergency plan is incomplete without a properly stocked first aid kit. In case of physical injury, you should keep bandages, scissors, cold compresses, medical tape, aspirin or Tylenol, and antibiotic ointment in your first aid kit. As an extra layer of protection, a thermal blanket should also be included in case you’re stranded on the side of the road during extreme cold.
- Drinking Water: Always have drinking water available in case of an emergency.
- Non-Perishable Consumables: You should always carry a small selection of non-perishable food items. These items can include easy-open canned items, nuts, and dried meats or fruits.
- Flashlight, Charger, and Batteries: Having a flashlight handy can be helpful for seeing your surroundings. If your car’s battery is still operational, a phone charger can keep you connected while you wait for help from local police or the fire department.
- Reflective Vest, Triangles, and Flares: In case of an accident or significant problem with your vehicle, you should always pack a reflective vest, triangles, and flares. This will increase your visibility to other drivers and alert them to your presence.
Replace Supplies as Needed
Some supplies will need to be replaced from time to time to ensure they can be used. Here at Rob’s Automotive, we suggest replacing items like water, some food items, batteries, and first aid kit medicine on a seasonal basis. That way, you’ll know these items are fresh in the event you have to use them while stranded on the road.
Rob’s Automotive is a leading automotive service provider located in the heart of Bucks County, PA. As a AAA Approved Auto Repair Center with ASE Certification, the team at Rob’s Auto understands how important it is to be prepared while traveling. We hope that by taking these steps to stock your vehicle with the right items in case of emergency, you’ll be prepared to face whatever delays you may encounter on the open road.
Always remember, Rob’s Auto provides professional towing services and has one of the largest automotive service centers in the area certified by over 14 major car manufacturers. If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation on the road, we’re happy to lend a helping hand.
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