Imagine driving along a dark back country road at 10:00 p.m. when all of the sudden you hear a loud pop from the road. You turn on your flashers and pull over into the median and when you get out of your car all you hear is air leaking from your from tire. Now what?
Hopefully you have a 24-hour roadside assistance service, but if you find yourself without one, the least you can do is be prepared with an emergency roadside safety kit until you can call someone for help. Some of these things can help you if you run into an emergency on the road and some are just to add some peace of mind to a long road trip, but all are worth having in your trunk, just in case.
A few things you should always have in your car for a basic roadside safety kit include: jumper cables, roadside flares or hazard triangles, oil, antifreeze, first aid kit, flashlight, extra fuses, lug wrench, pen and paper, tire gauge and a tire plug kit.
If you plan on taking a long trip in your car there are a few extra things you may want to add to your kit: basic tool kit, extra clothes, water, a blanket, a map, and some sort of tape to temporarily repair something if needed. These items could help you if you’re stranded for an extended period of time on the side of a deserted road.
Last, if you live in a colder area or if it’s winter, it’s smart to keep extra blankets, gloves, hats, hand warmers, a shovel, cat litter and an ice scraper in your car in case you found yourself sleeping in your car or stuck in a ditch.
Hopefully you will never have to use any of these of these tools in an emergency situation, but all of us at Pfeiffer Used Cars would rather have you be safe and over prepared than under prepared and running a risk of something worse happening.
If you think we forgot anything in our roadside safety kit, please let us know in the comments section below.