There’s an old saying that goes “Expect the unexpected.” The saying is usually meant as a reminder that the least likely things you can imagine happening can happen and it’s best to be prepared for them. Because we never know when an emergency might strike, and we spend so much of our time in our cars, its a really good idea to have an emergency kit on hand in your car just in case Murphy’s Law becomes the law of the land.
This type of emergency preparedness might sound a little “worst case scenario”, but according to the experts at Reedman-Toll Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Springfield, this type of preparedness can sometimes make the difference between life and death. So what should you bring with you in order to make sure you can take care of yourself if the worst happens? Here are a few tips.
Help can’t come if they can’t see you. Sure if you break down on a major highway the lights will keep you visible, but what if something happens on a back road or a lesser traveled highway? A couple of basic things can help keep you visible, these are Flares (Both road and launched), Battery powered flashers can help if your car loses power,
Having a catastrophic break down can be bad enough without rain and snow, making your life all that much more difficult. It’s always a good idea to have extra layers packed away in your emergency kit. Sweaters, socks, underwear, blankets, and jackets can make all the difference especially if you live in an area where extreme cold happens.
Strictly non-perishable here. Crackers, snacks, even gum can all help if you have a long wait or are stuck overnight in your vehicle. Nothing that requires heating or refrigeration is recommended, but anything shelf stable can generally be kept in your emergency kit.
Those are just a few of the items along with basic safety gear like gloves and reflective vests that can make the difference between a good situation and a distaster in an emergency. Like the old saying goes “count on the best, but plan for the worst.”, because if you plan for the worst then the majority of your surprises will be pleasant.