It’s hard to predict when or where your car is going to break down or get a flat tire. The same goes for accidents. According to car insurance averages, you are likely to get into 3-4 accidents in your lifetime. In the event of an emergency, being prepared can give you peace of mind.
Here are seven supplies everyone should keep in their car:
Hazard Triangle and Roadside Flares – Breaking down on the side of the road, or getting into an accident can put you in a dangerous situation. Having a hazard triangle or road flares can help notify other drivers to move over and slow down.
First-Aid Kit – If you are in any kind of accident, having a first-aid kit in your car can come in handy. Even if the injuries are minor, it can help clean up any cuts or scrapes.
Flashlight with Working Batteries – What happens if you break down on the side of the road in the dark? If you need to change your tire or walk any kind of distance, you will be glad you have a flashlight. Be sure to store the batteries separate from the flashlight and keep an extra set of batteries on hand.
Emergency Cash – It’s easy to go without cash for your day-to-day life, but there are times when having cash is important. This is one of them. Always having some cash in both your wallet and a hidden compartment in your car is recommended. If you lose your wallet or a gas station’s “pay at the pump” is down, you’ll be glad you have a little money stashed away.
Water and Non-Perishable Snacks – It can get hot during most of the year in Los Angeles. If your car breaks down on a hot day, having some water will help you stay cool. Additionally, if you have to wait a significant amount of time for a tow truck to come get you, having a snack available will hold you over.
Jumper Cables or a Self-Charging Auto Jumper – If you can’t call for a tow truck or a friend, these can help you get your car started and on your way. And you can help a fellow motorist who may be stranded.
Cell Phone Charger – It’s nice to think that you can just use your cell phone if you break down or are in an accident – but what if your phone dies or has a low battery? If you are in a remote area and are trying to make phone calls, your phone’s battery will drain quicker as it tries to get reception. If you are taking a long drive and your cell phone battery is low, it is a good practice to have your phone charge while you are driving so you have a full battery in case you need it.
Keeping an emergency kit with these items in it will help you be prepared if your car breaks down or if you are in an accident. If you or someone you know has been in an accident and has questions about what to do next, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295.