Everyone’s vehicle sometimes runs into emergencies. These situations can sometimes be solved by calling for roadside assistance. However, not every crisis can be resolved this way. Some accidents and emergencies can happen in areas that are either not very lit, or you may not get good phone service, so it is nice to be prepared for the worst. Creating an emergency kit for your car will allow you to be prepared for any situation.
When looking at your vehicle’s health, the newness and the model are not vital indicators. Getting regular maintenance does not always guarantee that your car will be protected against low tire pressure or engine failure. Having an emergency kit allows you to make sure your car Is stable until the proper roadside personal is able to come to your location. We have created a list of what we think are some vital items to have in your emergency kits to cover every situation.
Having a tire gauge allows you to check to make sure your spare tire has enough air pressure. A common error that normally happens is that people forget to check if their spare tire has low air pressure, which becomes a problem when they need to use it to fix a flat tire.
Flashlights are an essential part of vehicle emergency kits. They allow you to assess the situation at night or even in misty and rainy situations. When it comes to buying a flashlight for your kit, please double-check that you have extra batteries for it. Also, buying a waterproof flashlight is a must. This helps when it is raining so that the batteries are protected.
Fully charged portable phone charger
You may need to call a roadside assistance personnel in certain situations, but your phone may be dead. This is where a fully charged portable phone charger can come in handy. We suggest having one or two of them in your emergency kit just in case your phone dies.
An essential part of every emergency kit should be a fire extinguisher however, store-bought kits rarely include one. There are two different types of extinguishers that are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The first is the “B” class of extinguishers. These extinguishers are for fires that included flammable fluids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, and kerosene. The other class of extinguishers known as the “C” class is primarily for electrical equipment fires. These include fires involving switches, panel boxes, and batteries.
First aid kit
We saved the best and most important for last. Having a first aid kit is one of the most important pieces of any roadside emergency kit. First aid kits are essential if anyone in the car is injured or needs emergency medicine. A proper first aid kit should have adhesive tape, cotton balls, gloves, pads, aspirin, gauze, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream, ointments, and a variety of band-aids. Customizing your first aid kit is also something we suggest doing just to keep some more personalized items in them for your family or friends who may have medications.
Here at Augie’s Towing & Transportation, we encourage people to stay safe while driving. When it comes to any accidents, having an emergency kit is something that can help protect you and your passengers. However, if you run into an accident while driving in the St. Charles MO area, give us a call for roadside assistance.