In the event of an emergency while on the road most of us assume that our cell phones are enough protection against the unexpected. But what happens if you aren't able to use if for some reason? It never hurts to be prepared by keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle. Here are some items we recommend:
1. Mobile phone and charger - you're right! This is an important thing to keep on you in order to contact emergency personnel or a road side assistance companies.
2. First Aid Kit - you should include mulitple sized bandages, gauze, and tape for any wounds to be treated. It's also important to have antispetic ointment or wipes to clean injuries. This includes any pain relievers or recurring medical items for family members, included those of the four legged variety.
3. Flashlight - this should be waterproof and extra batteries should be included in the kit. Lights that come with mounts or have stands built in are often useful when needing to free your hands, for example when changing a tire.
4. Warning Signals - flares, reflective items, or battery powered flashing lights will notify other drivers that there is an issue.
5. Jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, tire jack, and tools. These items will all help you address simple mechanical issues or investigate what kind of help you may need from assistance personnel. Even if you don't know what to do, a good Samaritan might. Don't forget the duct tape!
6. Work gloves and cleaning supplies - it doesn't help if you injure yourself while trying to work on your vehicle. Protect your hands from scrapes and burns. If that does happen make sure to quickly wash and sanitize to protect against infection.
7. Maps - we are all very dependent on GPS to guide us to our destinations but sometimes these devices fail. It's important to keep a map (and learn how to read it) when out of GPS service areas.
8. Blankets, rain gear, and coats - this is particularly important during the winter months. Body temperature can lower very quickly and it isn't always safe or possible to keep your vehicle running, especially in the event of an accident.
If you need any more tips on how to be prepared call our office, we love to keep you and your loved ones safe!