August 1st, 2014
It's always a good idea to make sure your automobile is properly equipped in case of an emergency. If you pack your car with different tools and safety equipment, your auto insurance company may decrease your level of risk as a driver. Here are a few tools to have on hand in your car:
You may find yourself stuck somewhere because your car won't start. A dead battery can happen if you leave your lights on, so if you find yourself forgetting to turn them off, try leaving a note on your steering wheel. To be prepared in the event that your battery does die, keep a pair of jumper cables on hand. There are plenty of good Samaritans on the road who will stop for a moment to give your car a jump.
Street lights can illuminate your drive at night, but if your car breaks down and you need to fix your engine, these lights may not be enough to work under. Keeping a flashlight in your glove box can help you see your car engine better in the day and night.
Low tire pressure can cause your car to move sluggishly, which will lower your fuel efficiency. It's a good idea to fill up your tires once a month, though you'll know if you need to fill them up sooner by checking the tire pressure with this tool. If you see that your tires are a little low, swing on by a gas station and fill them up.
Tending to an injury suffered in a car accident can be difficult if you're miles from a hospital. Keep a first-aid kit in your car so you can stitch up any small injuries you have. Bottled water, some small non-perishable snacks and blankets are other things to have on hand in case you are stranded.
Changing a flat tire can be a bit tougher if you don't have the proper equipment on hand. Make sure that you have a jack and a tire iron. If you have never changed a tire before, it's a good idea to learn before your next trip. There are plenty of how-to videos online that can teach you to do this. It's wise to do a practice run to see if you have the hang of things.