Safety should always be a number one priority on the road. One big way to guarantee this priority is a vehicle emergency kit. Even if you have a vehicle that’s in great shape, you never know what’s going to happen on the road. Breakdowns can happen anywhere, and there may not always be cell phone reception or tow trucks close by. Being prepared is key! But what should you put in an emergency kit? Your friends at Leif Johnson Ford are here to give you the essential items needed to keep you safe and sound during your drives!
- First Aid Kit – Bandaids, adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, a blanket, non-latex glove, an instant cold compress, scissors, hydrocortisone ointment packets, an oral thermometer, antibiotic ointment packets and antiseptic wipes are all great items to have on hand.
- Fire Extinguisher – Make sure it’s for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association. Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids, like gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment like switches, panel boxes and batteries.
- Jumper Cables – A small and portable lithium-ion with jumper cables will also work. Bonus – These batteries will also recharge computer and cell phones!
- Flares or triangle reflectors – This will both let others know you need help and can alert oncoming traffic of your vehicle.
- Bottled waters and energy bars – In case of a breakdown, it’s always good to stay hydrated and healthy! Have a three day supply of both handy.
- Flashlight and extra batteries. You don’t want to get stranded in the dark!
- Basic Tool Kit – This is important to have for any minor repairs that might need fixing on the road.
- Spare Tire – Flat tires are a common issue during drive time, and having a back up will keep you safe and prepared. Always remember to make sure your spare tire is inflated and that there’s no cracking in the rubber. Tires do expire, so if you’ve had your spare for more than five years, it’s time for a replacement!
- Jack/Tire Iron – These two items are vital for changing a flat tire, so make sure to have them ready and that both items are in good shape!
- Rescue Tool – This tool helps crash victims escape from a vehicle. On the off chance that your vehicle falls into a body of water and the windows are unable to work, this is the ideal item to have on hand. This tool will also help you save others on the road in case of an emergency. Tip – Go for the dual-purpose tool that breaks glass and cuts seat belt webbing.
These emergency kit items will help keep you and others safe, prepared and ready for the road ahead. Literally!
If there is anything we at Leif can do to help get your vehicle in the safest condition possible, or if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call our service department at 512-454-3711!