- Jumper Cables
One of the most common car problems is a dead battery. If you find yourself with a dead battery, but no cables then you are really no better off than you started. Be prepared and always have jumper cables in every vehicle you own. They are inexpensive and even if you don’t personally need them, you’ll probably be in a situation where somebody will at some point.
- Small, Clean Red Gas Can
If your gas gauge works in your car, you should never run out of gas. As a rule of thumb, just fill it when you get to a quarter of a tank. If you are taking longer trips where refilling stations may be a little further apart, it’s a good idea to take an approved and clean red gas can along, just incase. If you have outside storage, you can keep it full or if it’s in the car, hope that someone is nice enough to give you a ride to the nearest station. Regardless, it’s good to have.
- Reflective Triangle Safety Hazards and Road Flares
When you break down on the shoulder for whatever reason, you’ll want some kind of way to let other drivers know to drive with caution, We recommend both reflective triangles to set out and road flares. The flares can be used in an extreme emergency to start a fire if necessary.
- Fire Extinguisher
Car fires are a lot more common than one might expect. With all the electrical work and wiring, it’s very easy for a short or small spark to start a bigger fire. If it gets out of control, you’ll probably lose your entire car. Get a small fire extinguisher for all of your vehicles and store it somewhere easily accessible at all times.
- First Aid Kit
You can put together your own or buy one, but always keep a first aid kit in your car. It will likely come in handy more than once. You’ll want to know basic first aid as well so get a few books at Barnes and Noble so you know how to handle different emergencies.
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Obviously you’ll need a way to see if you happen to break down at night. There are some great LED flashlights that are small, bright, and inexpensive. Keep one in your glove box with a couple spare batteries. You may need it for more than just breakdowns as well.
- Portable Radio
If you breakdown in a storm or any kind of bad weather, you will want to be up to date on the latest news. Having a small battery powered radio can help you when your car radio isn’t working.
- Extra Clothes
You never know when or where you are going to breakdown so it’s best to plan for the worst and hope you never need it. For people that will be driving in cold climates, keep extra clothes with you and probably some blankets. Also, you will want at least a little basic survival food. Hopefully it never happens, but you may be stuck for a while before help shows up so you want to be ready.…