When you take a long drive for any reason, it is a good idea to not only bring snacks, but also an emergency roadside kit. Obviously, the emergency roadside kit is for use in case of an emergency, but if an emergency happens, is your kit fully stocked for whatever the emergency may bring? Let’s take a look at what your emergency roadside kit should have, and why.
- Basic kits that you buy pre-made can have the standard items needed for relatively standard emergencies. However, making your own can actually be more helpful as choosing the specific necessities for yourself allows you to save space and be more efficient with what is inside. Most pre-made kits have a flashlight, batteries for the flashlight, duct tape, road flares, jumper cables, and a tire inflation kit.
- Emergency roadside kits can be very useful in times of distress. If your kit is coupled with a set of car repair tools as well, then you can do minor repairs if the emergency is car related. This set should include the basics such as a hammer, screwdrivers, and wrenches.
- Other additions to your kit that most likely are not there originally, especially in pre-made kits, could include an extra cell phone with a cell phone charger or extra battery, reflective triangles to ward off drivers you if you break down, and a fire extinguisher.
- In case of any weather related issues, having a poncho, an ice scraper, and even kitty litter can really be of use. The poncho clearly would be of use for any rain, and the scraper and litter can help make sure your car continues to be safe to drive even in the worst of the winter.
- If you are heading out on a deserted or desolate road, then what you originally thought you needed for an emergency roadside kit, may not be enough. If this is where you will be driving, then having extra gasoline, extra oil, extra engine coolant, extra belts and hoses, blankets, food, water, and extra clothes. If you want to be extra insured, having extra rope, a waterproof jacket, and a utility knife can be useful too.
Having an emergency roadside kit can really be a lifesaver in a jam. But the point of the kit is in case of an emergency. The best way to save your life is by taking all the necessary pre-trip precautions and making all the appropriate pre-trip checks. Checking to see that your tires are in good condition and that they are full of air, including the spare, can help prevent any blowouts, which will hopefully remove the necessity of the kit. Checking your oil, coolant, and all other fluids, and making sure they are all topped off will help as well. Don’t forget to check when your oil was changed last, because a long trip can put a strain on your vehicle and add quite a lot of miles on too. If you should change your oil soon, then it might be best to plan for it to be done before the long trip. Letting someone else know your itinerary and route before you go, is a good idea as well.
Having a well-stocked emergency roadside kit, proper planning, checking your vehicle for any issues, and having a car repair tool kit, can make sure your road trip is uneventful, in a good way. And if there are any emergencies, the emergency roadside kit makes you well equipped to handle them, as safely as possible.