Emergency supplies are a must.
Most breakdowns can be resolved quickly by replacing a tire or calling a tow company. As such, many drivers only carry the basic emergency supplies such as a jack, cell phone and jumper cables. However, the American Automobile Association recommends that drivers prepare for the worst by carrying these 10 emergency supplies:
- Flares and reflective triangle;
- Cell phone with charger and extra battery;
- First aid kit;
- Jumper cables;
- Jack and spare tire;
- Tire pressure gauge;
- Warm clothing;
- Maps; and
- Cleaning supplies.
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10 emergencies supplies that every driver should carry:
Flares and Reflective Triangle
The shoulder of a busy highway is not a safe place to break down. You can reduce the risk of accidents by setting flares and reflective triangles behind your vehicle. This will help other drivers notice your car as they approach.
Cell Phone with Charger and Extra Battery
A cell phone can be a godsend if you break down in a remote area. Be prepared with a charger and backup battery.
First Aid Kit
An injury can happen anywhere, and if you are not near medical assistance, you’ll be glad you packed a first aid kit. According to the American Red Cross, first aid kits should include tape, gauze, pain relievers, specific medications for the driver or passengers, bandages, and antiseptic ointment.
Carry jumper cables in case your vehicle’s battery dies. These not only will help you get back on the road quickly, but they may also save you the expense of a tow.
Carry a flashlight to help you inspect your vehicle if it breaks down at night. Try to find a flashlight with a flexible mount or stand.
Jack and Spare Tire
A flat tire can happen when you least expect it. Be prepared by carrying a jack and spare. Most new cars have this equipment in their trunk.
Tire Pressure Gauge
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, under-inflated tires can generate heat and cause rapid tire wear, thus increasing the risk of a blowout. You can prevent this by regularly checking your tire pressure.
Pack waterproof, warm clothing in case you break down in a cold climate or adverse weather.
Many drivers rely on their GPS to reach their destinations, but these devices are not always accurate. If you are driving in an unfamiliar area, study the route before you depart and pack a map in case your GPS stops working or provides incorrect guidance.
Pack hand sanitizer and paper towels in case you need to do minor repairs or replace a tire.
These emergency supplies can help you avoid accidents and resolve a breakdown quickly, but they won’t prevent all collisions. If you were injured by a drunk, distracted or negligent driver in Alabama, contact a Birmingham auto accident lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.