- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On April 20, 2016
Accidents happen, it’s really just that simple, but you can be prepared for many emergencies by keeping certain things in your vehicle. At Sanderson Lincoln, we recommend that drivers keep the following 10 in their cars.
- Spare tire kit: This includes not only your spare tire, but a jack and a lug wrench. Check your trunk. If you bought your car used, some of the kit could be missing.
- Air compressor: Most auto parts stores, as well as superstores such as Target and Wal-Mart, carry small air compressors that run off your cigarette lighter. If you have a slow leak, you may be able to use a compressor to fill your tire until you can get to a tire shop, avoiding the hassle of changing your tire.
- Tools or a multi-tool: Keep either a small tool set or a high-quality multi-tool in your car at all times. Screwdrivers, a small selection of wrenches or a crescent wrench, and a tire pressure gauge are all important tools to keep in your car.
- Jumper cables: Few people seem to keep jumper cables in their trunk anymore, but many a breakdown could be avoided if you had a set. Don’t depend on someone else to have them for you. Carry your own just in case.
- Flashlight: Both for your safety and to make it easier to see what you’re doing if you have to change your tire or jump your battery in the dark, it’s good to always keep a flashlight in your trunk. Check the batteries regularly and replace them as needed, so that you never find yourself without light at a crucial moment.
- Hazard triangles or road flares: Most emergency kits for your trunk come with either hazard triangles or road flares, which you can set up to help other drivers see you when you’re pulled over on the side of the road, especially at night. By making yourself and your car more visible, you can help prevent accidents and perhaps even attract help.
- First aid kit: You never know what could happen. You might get hurt on a hike or stop to help someone else who is injured. Having a first aid kit in your trunk is always a good idea. If you’re not sure what to put in your first aid kit, you can buy one pre-stocked with everything you might need in an emergency.
- Blanket: You never know if you might get stranded and have to wait in your car for a few hours, or even if your heat might stop working. Keep a blanket in your trunk to help keep you warm in an emergency.
- Change of clothes: This is as important in a practical sense as in an emergency. Keeping a change of clothes in your trunk can give you something to change into if you have to change your tire in the rain, for instance, or even to layer on over the clothes you’re wearing for added warmth if you get stranded and have to wait in your vehicle for help to arrive.
- Cell phone charger: Don’t take for granted that you always seem to have enough battery on your cell phone. A car emergency is made worse if you can’t call for help. Always keep a phone charger in your vehicle. If your cigarette lighter doesn’t work, you can also get a portable battery that contains enough power for one or two full charges on your phone.
It never hurts to be prepared for an emergency, but it’s also best to make sure you’re driving a safe, reliable vehicle. Visit Sanderson Lincoln to see Phoenix’s best selection of top-quality, trustworthy vehicles.