What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit
By Guest Author: Samuel Joyce
Drivers face a plethora of crisis every day. Traffic jams, rough weather, flat tires, dead batteries, stranded miles away from a gas station or eatery, in the middle of the night, overheated radiators and much more. Whether you are few hundred kilometers out of your hometown or on the other side of the country, your only immediate friend in crisis is an emergency kit. Always keep it stacked with all the necessary items that would help you come out of the difficult situations.Image via Flick User State Farm
Your car emergency kit should contain the following:
First Aid Kit
Must have of all is the first aid kit. Pack your first aid kit with all the essentials like latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive bandages- small and large, non-adhesive bandages, gauze, iodine, aspirin and medical tape.
Water-the elixir of life, is the most important item you should keep in your car. Never travel without it.
Keep emergency hammer like window breaker, seat belt cutter and fluorescent orange for signaling. Lug wrench, box cutter, screwdriver, are the basic tools that always need to be kept in the car. The kit should include jumper cables, a tire gauge, a fuel/fluid siphon and a couple of reflective triangles and flat road flares.
USB mobile device charger
The only connection between you and your family is a phone in crisis. A phone with a dead battery is useless. To avert such a situation, always keep a mobile device charger in your car.
Any emergency kit is incomplete without flashlights. In emergencies after dusk, if you are not able to search the things needed, then the entire stacking is pointless. Keep one flashlight with a strong beam. You can keep LED flashlights. They are cheap– two are enough. Always keep flashlight batteries in a jar outside the flashlight.
With smart phones in almost every pocket, road maps seem obsolete. However, what if you are stuck at a place outside the range of your GPS signal or the phone battery is dead. The GPS may also not help. At such places, only a road map or an atlas can help.
Carry a tire in a good condition assorted with a tire jack and tire iron. But, just keeping a tire is not sufficient. You must know how to change the tire as well.
Jumper cables are perfect to deal with a sudden breakdown of batteries. It will not provide a full charge but would be enough to get back home or a service station nearby.
Remember, if the battery is in a bad shape, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with a certified battery charger. You can also exercise the option of mobile car battery replacement which is available everywhere these days, whether you are in Melbourne, Johannesburg or Colorado. They repair and replace your alternator or starter motor. By keeping jumper cables, you can assist a stranded fellow as well.
If you are a victim of tire blowout stranded in the darkness or in low visibility conditions. Convey your distress to the passing vehicles by lighting roadside flares around the perimeter of the car or set-up reflective triangles.
Lighter or matches
It is wise to keep a pack of matches or a simple lighter in the emergency kit. With these, you can light a campfire or heat food or water or drive away the animals.
Keep a good supply of healthy snacks like nuts, muesli bars, dried fruits, wrapped energy bars in the car. These are useful even if you are not facing any crisis.
Keep spare clothes in the car. You might need them in sudden weather changes like rain or snow to layer up. Like clothes, keep extra blankets. They are the best means to keep you warm when the temperatures fall.
Pack your car emergency kit with all the above and have a safe drive!
Samuel Joyce is an automobile expert with keen interest in car safety. Safety while driving on the road is important and wheels, car battery and other parts also form an integral part of it. He has also given reviews for cheap car batteries Melbourne that have helped many to make the best choice when buying a car battery.
National Preparedness Month 2013: PREPAREDNESS ON A BUDGET
It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared
It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.
- Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates Ready.gov/make-a-plan.
- Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace. Family Emergency Plan
- Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes- and renters, do the same too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
- Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at Ready.gov/build-a-kit.
- Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.
- Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.
- Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight
- Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.
- Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.
- Start now! Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!
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Today is National Seat Check Saturday. It is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to make sure their children are in the right car seat.
According to the NHTSA and the US Department of Transportation, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old. Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, almost an average of 2 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and 325 were injured each day. This fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seat were always used.” Further, children might not be in the correctly sized car seat for their age and size or properly secured.
National Seat Check Saturday is an opportunity to reduce the risk of fatal injury to children in car seats. Right now, “3 out of 4 kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.” You can visit an Inspection Station where “certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge – and show you how to correctly install and use it.”
To visit your local Child Car Seat Inspection Station, you can locate it by searching here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
Check out this infographic to learn more about Car Seat Recommendations:
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