Nobody likes emergencies but they do happen. Whether it will help you or you can help someone else, is equally rewarding. Put together an emergency kit by following the next steps and be safe on the road:
First aid medication – You never know when you may need an aspirin or a band aid and you can’t get to a store. You could be camping or on a long trip. This can help you save time and headaches, literally. You can find first aid kits at your local pharmacy.
Fire extinguisher – Nothing is more important than trying to save your car from burning, if possible. In some cases, you may be safer to just walk away. However, at times cars do overheat due to the heat, or being low on antifreeze, etc. Don’t neglect regular tune ups. You may just save your car and your life by doing so. Also make sure that the fire extinguisher is easily accessible and not covered up in a lot of stuff. You can buy a fire extinguisher at any hardware supplies store.
Scissors – Have scissors handy. I have heard of a story where someone’s child almost died from seat belt suffocation. The parent was outside chatting with a friend while this happened. Although she was right there, she didn’t see the child getting trapped. Scissors came handy to cut the seat belt lose and save the life of that child. If you are in an accident, your seat belt may lock up. Another good use for the scissors is if you ever end up in the water. Cutting the seat belt can keep you from drowning.
Hammer – If you are in a bad car accident and end up in a lake, a hammer may be the only thing that can keep you from drowning in your car. Again, make sure the hammer is handy, maybe keep it in the console. A good hammer, made for such emergencies is the “life hammer”, that you can buy online or from Amazon.
Blanket – Blankets are very useful in all kind of emergencies. Your heat gives out in the car and your child is freezing in the back, you need to replace a tire and you don’t want to get your clothes dirty, your child has an accident and you don’t have any clothes readily available, you load pots of flowers in the trunk and you don’t want to get your car messy, etc.
Baby wipes – Do not confuse these wipes with the bleached ones, many use to clean the kitchen counters. You don’t want to bleach your leather seats by making this mistake. Baby wipes are found anywhere in baby retail stores. I am convinced that a lot of mothers already have them in the car. You may spill the coffee and need a quick clean up method, or you just want to wipe your children’s sticky hands.
Flash light with batteries – Always make sure your flash light has good batteries in it. If you break down at night, a flash light is the only thing that can help you fix the problem.
Code reader – When you have an older vehicle you learn all kind of tricks. I you break down and don’t know what the problem is, a code reader can quickly tell you what is wrong. Many auto parts places, like O’reilly has them. I use “Innova Code reader 3030”. This code reader comes with a booklet that you can use as a map. Whatever code shows up on the reader you can look it up in the book and learn about how to fix it yourself. Keep in mind that his code reader only reads the major problems found with the car.
Rope and chain – If you end up in a ditch or you can help someone get out of a ditch, the rope or chain can save you some money on a towing company.
Among the things to avoid keeping in the car are glass bottles (as they can cause a lot of harm during an accident) and balloons (although they are fun, they can limit your visibility).
Remember, being prepared for an emergency takes care of half of your problem. Now you can help yourself and also be a good Samaritan to someone in need.