Can you imagine your life without having a vehicle at your disposal? You would be limited to working at a company within walking distance of your house.
Thankfully, those days are gone and you have the necessary transportation.
However, do you have an emergency car kit if something tragic were to happen?
What if a severe snowstorm pops up on your commute home and you become trapped on the highway?
Do you have equipment ready to jump your car if the battery stops working? Here is a checklist to get you started.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes people forget to do the small things (such as turn their lights off) before leaving their car for the night.
That leads to the tragedy of waking up the next morning, going to start your car to drive to work, and finding out your battery is completely dead.
Believe it or not, there are even less convenient scenarios in which your battery dies: at the grocery store, at a rest area on the side of the highway, and the parking lot at work after everyone else has left for the day… you get the idea.
That’s why it’s always important to have jumper cables ready to go. That way, no matter where you are, all you have to do is ask someone for a jump; even if they’re a complete stranger.
This happens to every car owner at one point or another. Make sure you’re preventative and have cables ready to go for when it happens to you!
Spare Tire (and Tools)
Yet another incident that happens to every car owner at one point or another is the dreaded flat tire.
Sometimes it’s self-inflicted, like driving on tires that clearly need to be swapped out, and sometimes it’s just unlucky, like running over a nail on the road.
Whatever the case may be, it’s important to have a spare tire that will fit your vehicle and the proper tools to switch it out on hand.
That means, all in all, you’ll need a spare tire, car jack and lug wrench as the bare essentials. It’s also helpful to have a flashlight ready, in case the flat tire happens at night.
Check your car, as these items may have already been provided for you. Make sure you have all 4 of the necessary items and, if not, go to the store right away to buy one.
First Aid Kit
Unfortunately, car crashes happen every day on the roads that we drive. You always think that’ll never happen to me but the odds say that you will get into one, if not more.
So, if (or when) you get into a car accident, you’ll want a first aid kit ready to go.
Depending on the severity of the crash you or one of your passengers may need some medical attention before an ambulance arrives. Having a first aid kit (doesn’t have to be too extensive) will do the trick until a professional comes.
Tiny things, such as applying Neosporin and wrapping something up with gauze, can be the difference with a time-sensitive injury.
These are also great to have during family road trips. Whether someone scraped their knee on the concrete at the rest stop or you just need some ibuprofen for that headache, the first aid kit has you covered!
One of the most overlooked possibilities of driving a car every day is the fact that, at some point, your car won’t start like it’s supposed to.
Whether it’s from a car accident or just something in the car giving out, this happens at the most inopportune times. You’ve probably seen abandoned cars on the road from these situations.
But what if that happens on the side of a highway in the middle of the winter? If your car won’t start, that means you won’t have any heat provided to you while you wait for help.
Depending on where you live, the winter may be too brutal for you to stay warm on your own, which can become a risk to your safety very quickly.
That’s why you should always keep a blanket or two in your car for such emergencies. Feel free to only do this during winter, but it’s imperative that you have one within reach during those times.
Cell Phone Charger
Because of their importance to your everyday life, you may very well already have a cell phone charger in your car. If not, you need to get one right away.
If you were to ever get into an accident or your car dies on the road, you’ll need to call someone for help… but what if your phone dies?
Rather than put yourself in a situation where your only choice is to use the hitchhiker’s thumb, keep your phone charged as often as possible.
While many people look at car chargers as a convenience, they’re actually considered to be essential by the department of transportation. Have one on you at all times.
Now Your Emergency Car Kit is Ready to Go!
There you have it: the essentials that you need to add to your emergency car kit if they aren’t already included in it.
Now that you’ve protected yourself from an incident such as a car crash, it’s time to think of what to do with the car that’s been totaled. Can it be saved? Does it make more sense to sell for cash?
Be sure to check out this article on how to get a fair price for your car for more tips on getting a sale you’re comfortable with.
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