In the year 2015, AAA alone reported addressing a record 32 million vehicle breakdowns. Without the proper gear, any one of these cases could turn into a survival situation, especially if help is far away or the weather is inclement.
Depending on where you live, the ideal survival gear for your climate and region is going to differ.
Still, regardless of the type of weather or situation you find yourself in, there are some car essentials you should never be without. Add these items to your vehicle’s storage area and keep yourself from being in an unnecessary survival situation.
5 Car Essentials in Case of Emergencies
1. Jumper Cables
A problem that almost everyone confronts at some point is a dead battery.
Perhaps you accidentally left your car lights on. Maybe your alternator failed. What will you do if this happens somewhere you don’t have cell service to call a tow truck?
Instead of worrying about this or waiting for a good Samaritan to come along with jumper cables, why not keep them on hand yourself? These basic emergency car essentials are easy to store and can be found at almost any hardware store for less than $20.00.
This will get you back on your way at least long enough to get your battery or alternator replaced. Or, at least, it will be a good reminder for you to shut off your lights after turning the car off.
2. Tire Changing Equipment
Another common frustrating problem that is nearly inevitable is getting a flat tire.
You run over a nail or some other sharp object someone so kindly left behind. This will completely strand you on the spot until you can get towed or find help. Well, unless you have the right tire changing equipment.
You’ll need a lug wrench for removing the wheel’s lug nuts, a jack for lifting the vehicle to take the wheel off, and a spare tire to replace the damaged one.
The best floor jack and lug wrench for changing a tire are going to be ones you don’t have to be an iron-pumping fiend to work. Make sure the ones you have are easily operable by you.
3. Container of Spare Gas
You’re on a road trip driving along with friends as you sing along to the blasting music. Then your car starts to sputter, gradually loses power, and stops. You didn’t even notice that you were low on fuel.
Planning in advance to have a spare gas container in your car will make sure that in the event this does happen, you’ll be able to make your way to the nearest gas station. Then you and your friends can be on your way again practicing for The Voice as you sing your hearts out.
4. Extra Water and Snacks
Even more important than keeping your car fueled is keeping yourself fueled in an emergency situation.
Some of the most important things to keep in your car are extra water and food. This way, in case you do have to go get help or wait a long time for it, you won’t have to worry about the most basic of basic necessities.
5. Power Bank Phone Charger
Sometimes the problem affecting your car is something that you just can’t fix on your own. Or, in an adverse weather situation, you could just find yourself stuck.
In the age of cell phones, this usually isn’t a problem. Most of the time you won’t be more than a call away from a local tow company or your handy uncle to help you get back on your way.
This is, of course, unless your phone dies. A simple solution to make sure help is always just a call away is to keep a power bank phone charger with you.
Stay Equipped to Stay Safe
The above-listed items are basic essentials that will make sure you’re in a good position to either get yourself on your way again or at least be able to find help.
Still, make sure to consider the potential for inclement weather where you live.
That way, you can be sure to add what other car essentials that would be beneficial to you based on the area and weather specific to where you drive.
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