Driving can be dangerous. The more time you spend on the road, the more
likely it is that an accident will eventually occur. Breaking down only
to realize that your spare tire is flat or you don’t have a car
jack can be tremendously frustrating. In the event of an emergency or
car wreck, a well-stocked safety and repair kit in your vehicle can help
to keep you safe, comfortable, and prepared. Below, our blog outlines
eight items that everyone should keep in their car.
First-aid kit: Common supplies that you might include in your medical kit are bandages,
Band-Aids, pain relievers, and allergy medication. If you do not want
to make your own kit, most pharmacies, supermarkets, and corner stores
sell premade first-aid kits that are designed to stay in your car.
Maps: Few drivers get lost on purpose and when it happens, having some form
of navigation can help you to be prepared. These days, most driver’s
use their cellphone’s navigational app to get where they need to
go. If that isn’t an option for you, a paper map or standalone GPS
can be great alternatives.
Toolkit/roadside kit: Keep and maintain a kit for basic roadside maintenance aimed to fix common
problems including dead batteries and flat tires. Items you should consider
include a spare tire, jumper cables, duct tape, heavy duty gloves, and
your vehicle’s manual. Also be sure to include the necessary tools
such as a jack and wrench.
Pen and paper: While a cell phone can perform a great many (and useful) functions, if
you need to take down a variety of information quickly, a pen and paper
can be invaluable. From the insurance and contact information of the other
drivers involved in a car wreck to the address of a repair shop, you never
know what information you will need to take down.
A camera: Again, due to advances in technology, most people carry around a powerful
cell-phone camera in their pocket. However, in the event of a wreck, your
phone may be damaged or uncharged. The time directly after an accident
is critical for gathering photographic evidence and a disposable camera
can be a great back-up when your cellphone is unavailable. Remember to
replace cameras when the film inside expires.
Extra cell phone charger: If you end up stranded on the side of the road, your cellphone can act
as your lifeline to emergency services, your map for getting home, and
a way to keep yourself from getting bored. Having a car charger handy
can ensure that your phone is always ready to go in the case of an emergency.
You may also want to carry a spare phone and charger in your vehicle as
most cellphones can place emergency calls to 9-1-1 even if they are not
active a mobile carrier service.
Water: Small annoyances can become unbearable when forced to endure them over
prolonged periods of time. Having a fresh supply of water can help you
to stay comfortable, hydrated, and making good decisions. It might help
to keep a few non-perishable items of food (such as MREs) handy as well.
While bottled water and MREs typically have a long shelf life, be sure
to replace food that has gone bad.
A towel: A cloth towel is an item that is often overlooked, however, no car-kit
should go without one. It can be used as a blanket for extra warmth, folded
into a pillow, or used to clean up a spill. Do you need to clean your
hands after changing a tire? Use your towel.
Injured Through no Fault of Your Own?
Keeping your vehicle’s safety and repair kit well-stocked can help
you to prepare for an emergency. However, no amount of preparation can
prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. If you or a loved
one has been involved in a car wreck, we want to hear your story. Our
Shreveport car wreck lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for past clients and can help you to
fight for the restitution that you deserve.
Call (888) 492-5532 to
request an initial case evaluation and learn about your legal options.