Roadside Emergency Tips

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A roadside emergency can easily happen any day, and yet most of us are not truly prepared. We may have the tools to change the tire, the insurance information to swap, and the cell phone to call for assistance, but what about first aid, flares, and food and water?

We recommend purchasing a survival kit for each vehicle or putting together your own backpack of emergency items. It’s not hard to do. Just put it in the trunk. When the time comes you can focus on the situation without worrying if you have supplies.

Roadside Emergency Tips

In addition to supplies you will want to maintain your vehicles so they are prepared to handle an emergency situation. These guidelines should help:

  • Keep your gas tanks at least half-full so you can leave in an emergency
  • Keep a large gas can filled in your garage (just in case you do run your tank low)
  • Check your tires for tread and inflation (4 patches of rubber is all that holds you to the road)
  • Check your brakes regularly
  • Check your fluid levels regularly (oil, transmission, brake, and power steering)
  • Check all the lights
  • Winterize your car if it’s that time of year
  • Keep current on regular maintenance

For your vehicle kit, you should have the following items:

  • Water – 1 gallon of distilled
  • Collapsible Water Jug (to carry water if needed)
  • Food – a few emergency energy bars
  • Formula and Diapers if you have a baby (extra water for formula)
  • Medication
  • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight that does not require batteries (shake or crank style)
  • Whistle
  • Cell Phone with hand-crank charger
  • Flares
  • Lighter or waterproof matches
  • Pocket knife or scissors
  • Blanket
  • Toilet paper
  • Moist Wipes (preferably anti-bacterial)
  • Basic tool set – wrench, screwdrivers, tire iron, etc.
  • Identification (also medical insurance cards and alert bracelets)
  • Notepad and pens or pencil.

Seem like too much? It might until you have a roadside emergency. But most of these items will easily fit into a regular school backpack. For many of these items the smaller versions work perfectly.

If your spare tire has its own compartment, keep the tools there. The blanket and water might not fit with your kit (although an emergency blanket will). In reality, unless you’re driving a small sports car, you should have ample room in the trunk to carry all these items, a stroller, and your groceries too.

Get started on this project today. It’s really easy…and really easy to put off.