We often have first aid kids and emergency items stored safely in our homes, but how many of us consider our cars? You probably spend a great deal of time in your car and face possible accidents or issues every time you hit the road. The best way to deal with a problem is by being prepared. Make sure you have your car fully stocked with these emergency items to keep your whole family safe at all times.
- Emergency contact numbers: You might have the police and ambulance emergency numbers stored in your mind by memory, but there are other numbers you should have around in case something goes wrong. If you have private health insurance, keeping those numbers around could be a big help. The details of your next of kin should be stored in your phone clearly for a rescue service or hospital to use if they need to. You should also have repair service numbers on hand at all times. For example, a car windscreen repair service could be called quickly and easily if you have a number ready and waiting.
- A fully stocked first-aid kit: Your first-aid kit should contain all of those minor injury essentials. Pack it with plasters, gauze, antiseptic products, painkillers, and adhesive tape. You should also include special medical items if anyone in your family has specific medical needs, like insulin.
- A fully charged phone: It may not be realistic to have a separate phone just for your car, but you can make sure your personal phone is always charged should you need to make an emergency call on the road. Charge your phone before you head out for a trip, and keep a car charger or mobile power bank available to recharge the battery when necessary.
- Warning signs. If you break down and need to let other cars on the road know that you’re in the way, reflective warning signs can be extremely useful. Keep reflective triangle signs in your boot and pull them out if you encounter a problem to let everyone on the road know that you’re there.
- A flashlight: Breaking down in the dark is no fun, particularly if you don’t have any extra light around. Be prepared by keeping a torch in your car to light your way, and don’t neglect a few extra batteries.
- Jumper cables: You never know when your car might need a little extra help getting moving. Keep jumper cables in your boot, and make sure they’re fully coated with rubber and long enough to do the job. They may even help out another driver in need.
- Snacks and water: If you break down and have to wait sometime for a tow vehicle or help to arrive, make sure you don’t starve or dehydrate to death in the meantime by keeping a big bottle of water and some non-perishable snacks in your vehicle. Protein bars can be a useful choice for a quick re-fuel on the roadside.
- A spare tire: Tires do bust every now and again, so be prepared with a spare tire. You’ll also need tire iron and a tire jack to make the spare usable, as well as a working knowledge of how to change the tire yourself.