Driving is one of those daily activities that we typically take for granted. Despite the fact that many of us spend a considerable amount of time on the road, we don’t really think about or prepare for unforeseen situations like a breakdown or emergencies of any sort – and that’s the problem. If your car battery dies, you have a flat tire or severe weather forces you off the road, would you be prepared?
The first thing most of us would do is reach for our smartphone and get in touch with a roadside assistance service. That being said, it’s important to always be prepared in an emergency – in fact, planning ahead and equipping ourselves with some key items in our vehicles can make a big difference. You know what they say – it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Sewadeecar to the rescue again! Read on to learn about the essential items to pack in your car emergency kit – to not raise your panic levels through the roof when you are on the road.
A flat tire is one of the most common roadside emergencies. While we think that most if not all vehicles come with a basic car jack and spare tire – around 30% of new cars don't come actually with spare tires anymore. In such cases, it’s super important to get one for your car. Don’t forget the essential tools such as tire iron and car jack as well. In addition to that, we also recommend having a tire inflator or air compressor and some tire sealant as a backup.
Trust us when we say that a dead battery will be less of a headache when you have a pair of jumper cables in the car. Your jumper cables should be long enough to connect to any car, truck, or SUV. Remember to also double-check and make sure you have the right gauge of cable for your vehicle.
A basic tool kit can be a lifesaver when your car breaks down, what more if you’re quite a distance away from the next petrol station or workshop. You want to consider keeping items such as a tire gauge, screwdrivers, pliers, brake fluid, duct tape, and a pocket knife in the tool kit. These things might come in handy when you less expect it.
A flashlight is one of the most important items in any emergency kit for the car. If you need to change your tire by the roadside or simply check your engine, a little light can go a long way – especially at night or when it’s dark. Based on personal experience, a heavy duty, waterproof flashlight is the best one to keep in the car. Make sure to store extra batteries too, in case the ones inside of your flashlight runs out.
P.S.: Yes, we know you can use the flashlight on your smartphone but in emergency situations, it’s better to save your battery to make calls and send message for help.
When it comes to emergencies, chances are the situation and place might not be idea – your car might break down in a busy highway, poorly lit road, or worse at a blind curve. Of course, you can pull over to the side of the road and turn your hazard lights on, but even then, it might be difficult for other drivers to see you. That’s why reflectors are important – you can place it around your car or at successive distances behind your car to warn other drivers and create a buffer for them to avoid your car in time.
First Aid Kit
If you’re involved in a minor collision or you are passing by an accident scene, having a first aid kit at your disposal is super crucial and helpful. Some of the basic items to have are bandages, gauze, antiseptics, antibiotic cream, pain relievers and cotton swabs. You can either buy a pre-packaged kit from the pharmacies or assemble one on your own.
Did you know that after a car crash, a small fire can escalate into a much bigger problem in no time! That’s the reason why it’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in the car. Get a compact one which fits nicely in the trunk and make sure it’s effective against common car fires fuelled by petrol and gas. Even if you hope never to use it, having the extra protection for when something bad happens is smart and reassuring.
That pretty much sums up the essentials that you should have in your car in case of an emergency. We believe that being prepared would not only give you a peace of mind and comfort while driving, but it would also help you stay calm and respond to the unforeseen situation smoothly.
If your car has a major breakdown and it has to be sent to the workshop for a week, fret not - Sewadeecar is here to help. With our wide range of cars and comprehensive rental service, we are committed to bringing you the best deals and the perfect drive. You can even look for a slightly long-term car rental for the week or month until your personal car is fixed and ready to be back on the road. Head over to sewadeecar.com to find out more!