On average, there are 6 million car accidents a year in the US. When you break it down, that’s over 16,400 accidents per day!
No matter how defensively you drive, you’re bound to get in a fender bender at least once in your lifetime. In addition, your car may randomly break down.
Whatever happens, you want to be prepared. With so much adrenaline running through you from a collision or breakdown, it’s best to make sure you have all your ducks in a row so you recover as best as you can.
Other than vehicle workshop manuals, here are some emergency items you should always have in your car.
1. A First Aid Kit
Hopefully, the car accidents you’re involved in won’t be that serious. Even if they’re minor, you may end up with a small cut that needs tending to.
For this reason, you should have a fully-stocked first aid kit in your vehicle. Make sure it contains Band-Aids, larger bandages, gauge, medical tape, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, and NSAIDs.
The things in your first aid kit can help immensely, whether it’s to clean up a small cut on your hand or to stop profuse bleeding coming from your head.
2. Jumper Cables
Car batteries are powerful things, but like everything else that gives us juice, they’ll fail us at some point or another. When this happens, you want to have jumper cables on hand so you can get it revived straight away.
Instead of frantically calling around to try and get a ride from someone, all you need is another party that’s willing to jump-start you. If you’re parked in a shopping plaza, then there should be plenty of shoppers to ask.
3. A Spare Tire or Tire Repair Kit
You’d think that every vehicle comes standard with a spare tire, but you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, one-third of new cars don’t come with spare tires.
However, you’ll be relieved to know that you won’t be completely stranded should you get a flat. Some cars come with compressor and sealant kits, or they have “run-flat” tires, which you can drive on for a small distance.
Whichever your car uses, make sure there’s at least one backup option available at all times. If you’ve recently gotten a flat and used up the spare or the compressor and sealant kit, then replace them immediately.
You never know when you’re going to have another flat tire. If you have extremely bad luck, it could happen as early as your next drive!
4. An Air Pump
Another thing that might help you out in a pinch is an air pump. Maybe you have too many things on your mind and totally forgot to replace your spare tire or compressor and sealant kit after you used it on your last flat tire.
In this case, an air pump can quickly save you, especially if you’re just a short drive away from an auto shop. Just simply pump up the flat and get yourself there, pronto.
5. A Reflective Safety Vest
Accidents and breakdowns can happen at all hours of the day (and night). Make sure the situation doesn’t become worse by being highly visible to those who are driving on the road in the dark.
Not only should you get a safety vest, but you should also consider purchasing reflective triangles as well. While these may cost a pretty penny, they’ll be worth every dime you spent when it prevents other drivers from hitting you and your parked vehicle while you’re changing out your flat tire.
6. Bottled Water and Snacks
If you end up stranded while your vehicle’s stuck somewhere remote, it may take quite a while for someone to come and help you. When that happens, you want to sustain yourself and other passengers.
Bottled water and snacks can mean the difference between life and death in some worst-case scenarios. You’d be amazed at how long you can sustain yourself with just a granola bar and a bottle of water.
7. An Emergency Blanket
Again, hopefully, this should never happen to you, but in the worst-case scenario, you may be stranded for hours, even days. If this happens, temperatures can drop significantly during the night, so much so that it can cause hypothermia.
And if it’s the winter, it’ll be cold 24/7. This is especially true if you wore light clothing and relied on the car’s heater to keep yourself warm.
The blanket can serve other purposes too.
Have dirty tools? Wipe it off with the blanket.
Is it raining and there’s a hole in your car? Block off the water with the blanket.
8. A Fire Extinguisher
Ok, if your car is on fire, it won’t explode in a dramatic fashion as they tend to in movies. But that doesn’t mean you should just leave it flaming either.
If you’re in a wreck and your vehicle’s on fire, it’s great to have a fire extinguisher on hand. You can quickly put out the flames, but only do so if it’s safe! Otherwise, your life is worth more than your car, so leave it to the professionals if it’s risky to use your fire extinguisher.
Have These Emergency Items Handy In Your Vehicle
Unfortunately, even if you’re the best driver in the world, accidents will still happen. Plus, car breakdowns can happen at any time, even if your vehicle is brand new. But by having these emergency items handy, you can make the situation you’re in not so stressful.
If you’re involved in a collision, just remember that the most important thing to do is to stay calm and collect all the information you can. While car accidents can put a dent in your day, so long as everyone involved is ok, then that’s all that matters.
And if your car ever fails you because of minor problems, then you’ll have all the tools you need to try and get it started back up again. That way, you won’t have to waste your day waiting around for others to help you.
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