I was driving down my New Jersey neighborhood road the other day, when the traffic I was traveling in began to slow. Each car crawled along until I drove by the problem: a stalled car on the side of the road. I was grateful that it was not me, although like many of us, I have been in that situation too. Luckily, this person was on a well-traveled New Jersey road. Unfortunately, cars sometimes get stranded in more remote locations. Wherever a car may wind up broken down, it’s important to be prepared for such situations. The following items will either assist you in a break down situation, or help your wait time until the tow truck shows up a little more comfortable.
Perhaps you left your headlights on, or your interior light never went off and now your battery is dead. If you have a set of jumper cables in your trunk there’s no need to panic. Either call a tow truck to assist you, or simply ask a friendly passerby to help you jump-start your car.
This item is particularly important when traveling at night. Should you get stranded in the dark, you’ll be able to find your way inside and out. It will also come in handy to flag down passing cars or your roadside assistance.
Should your car happen to end up in a ditch or a snowdrift, a tow rope can get you going sooner than later. You will need some help to pull your car out, but at least you may get going before a tow truck would get to you.
The blanket you choose for your car can either come out of your linen closet or from the store, specifically for your car. Either way, it needs to be large enough to cover you, as its purpose is to keep you warm should you break down during the winter, or have to spend the night in your car.
First Aid Kit
We all keep a cabinet of first aid items in our home, so why not in the car? It will come in handy for a paper cut, or aid in a more serious situation.
It’s always important to have the right tire pressure in your car’s tires. Keeping one on hand will help you avoid a potential blow out, which will definitely put you on the side of the road. It will also come in handy should your tires look a little low.
Empty Gas Can
One of the many reasons you see a vehicle stuck on the shoulder is because it ran out of gas. Keep an empty gas can in your car should you ever need to take a walk to the gas station.