Be it the holidays or summer vacation, if your planning a long car trip it’s time to put together an emergency kit together before you load up the wagon and hit the highway. Always check the road conditions before heading out.
Emergency Kit for the Car
Keep these items in your car kit in case you are stranded:
- Jumper cables
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Ice scraper( if traveling in winter)
- Car cell phone charger
- Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
Prepare Your Vehicle for Emergencies
Have a mechanic check the following on your vehicle:
- Antifreeze levels
- Battery and ignition system
- Exhaust system
- Fuel and air filters
- Heater and defroster
- Lights and flashing hazard lights
- Windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level
General Vehicle Safety Tips
- Keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing
- Install good winter tires and ensure they have adequate tread or any jurisdiction-required chains.
- Don't drive through flooded areas. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
- If the emergency could impact the physical stability of the roadway avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards