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It Pays to be Prepared

Emergencies happen all of the time and preparedness is about the best that individuals can do. There are a number of items that should be packed into the vehicle and stored there permanently. Cars break down and tires blow every day. Wise preparedness can mean the difference between being stuck on the side of the road indefinitely and returning to the road relatively soon.

One of the most helpful measures to implement is joining a road side service company. Better World Club and AAA are probably two of the most well-known road side service companies. Many vehicle insurance companies supply membership to one of these types of services. There are generally several different plans offered to meet drivers and families’ needs. While gathering and packing the items listed below add a complete list of phone numbers for individuals whom you may call upon in the event of an emergency. Keep this in the glove compartment at all times in case something happens to your cell phone.

For the Car

There are many extremely import items, especially tools, that should be stored in the car. Use a milk crate, backpack; duffle bag; laundry basket; or even a cardboard box store the vehicle emergency preparedness kit. Create a list and then gather the items. It may be necessary to buy a few or all of them. Check each one off of the list as you pack the container.

  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire Jack
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Emergency Flares
  • Gloves
  • Two Quarts of Oil and Extra Car fuses
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Fix a Flat
  • Small Box of standard Tools
  • Duct Tape
  • Pocket Knife
  • Funnel & Rags
  • Antifreeze
  • Kitty Litter

For You

There are all sorts of reasons that individuals get stuck on the road. It is difficult to predict just how long you will be stranded so it is best to have several things on hand. Refer back to the list as you pack and cross the items off as you add these things to your chosen container.

  • Cover/Blanket
  • Coveralls
  • Bottled Water
  • Poncho
  • Shelf Stable Snacks
  • Toilet Paper
  • Completely Charged Cell Phone
  • Phone Charger (Preferably one which holds its own charge.)
  • Hand Warmers
  • First Aid Kit

Medical Kit Supplies

A first aid kit for the car should have much more than just a couple bandages in it. Keep in mind that many stores, car accessory shops, and department stores sell both prepacked first aid and car emergency kits. This makes the process somewhat easier; however, all of the required items may not be included in any one kit. Again, consult the list to ensure you have everything that you need in the car. It is a good idea to keep a couple doses of any required prescription medications in the vehicle as well. It could result in much more than disaster, if someone is stranded without life sustaining medications such insulin, an epi pen, or nitrate heart meds.

  • Scissors
  • Medical Tape
  • Gauze Strips & Pads,
  • Aspirin; Allergy Meds; Nausea Meds, etc.
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Antiseptic Spray or Cream
  • Diluted Peroxide Spray

There are times when drivers may need to pull to the side of the road. This should be accomplished as calmly and organized as possible. Use a turn signal and/or flip on emergency lights to warn the other drivers on the road. If it is possible, try to maintain speed until you have merged toward the side of the road and then decelerate. Turn on the low beam and interior lights in addition to the four way emergency flashers. Move all of your passengers to a safe spot off of the road away from the other traffic as quickly as possible, especially if you are forced to stop in a sharp curve or at a hill’s crest. Use roadside flares directly behind the vehicle and then again about 200 feet further back. Most importantly try to keep everyone calm until help arrives.

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