When asked about emergency kits and being prepared for the inevitable car problems, a lot of people say their cell phone is their emergency kit. With the ability to call roadside assistance or the police, it is a highly valuable tool for a kit, but it alone should not be the sole resource in your inventory.
Signal and battery life are an all too familiar problem with most cellular services. Why gamble on your survival with two fluctuating variables in the equation?
Broke Down in the Dark
A truly prepared emergency kit doesn’t leave anything to chance. It contains everything you need for the most common issues cars face. While your emergency kit can vary in size and depth, a few items are essential while others are more subjective. Not everyone needs tire chains (especially here in Florida), but a flashlight is a solid tool in most circumstances.
Dead Battery Solutions
Beyond flashlights, jumper cables should also be an essential tool in your emergency kit. They serve a double purpose by allowing you to help yourself and help others. By keeping a pair of cables in your car, you’re able to quickly charge your dead battery with the help of others, and you’re also able to be the one helping another in that situation if you see someone else with a dead battery. A win-win for the public at large.
A keen reader might observe that those cables always need another vehicle to properly use them. This leaves you in a bad spot if you’re ever left on your own. If your battery dies on the side of the road, you’re at the mercy of luck with passing cars. Even if you do see a passing vehicle, what are the odds they’ll stop?
Battery Charge Pack
One innovative tool designed for such a scenario is a battery-charge pack, also known as a power pack. These are designed to hold a reservoir of energy and allow you to charge your own battery without the need of another vehicle.
Battery-charge packs are also available for your cellphone and should be packed in your car. This helps reduce one of the two aforementioned problems with relying solely on a cell phone to be your roadside assistance. It should be noted that these power packs, for both cell phones and car batteries, require regular charging to ensure their power supply. They’re useless if you don’t keep them powered up!
Various other Supplies
Your emergency kits should also have a few other various supplies: fuses, blankets and car fluids for a start. Some items, like the aforementioned tire chains, are more situational and should be left to your consideration. You may not always need to carry a wool blanket and warm clothing if you live in the tropics, but a folding shovel is useful in any terrain and can help when you have a stuck car.
Here are some quick items on a checklist that you can add
- Duct Tape (inspired from MacGyver)
- Utility Knife
- First Aid Kit
- Reflective Triangles
- Fire Extinguisher
- Tire Foam Sealant
- Fluids for Car (coolant, oil, etc)
- Basic tools (adjustable wrench, screw driver, etc)
Ultimately, it’s to you to decide what belongs in your car’s emergency kit. Take your environment into consideration and don’t leave your safety to chance. In the mean time, check out ASAP Towing’s Roadside Assistance when you are stuck in this situation.
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