When you are out on the road, whether you regularly make long drives or you simply commute, you may encounter situations where your car breaks down or you get stuck in it. In winter, these risks are even bigger, especially if you live in a region prone to snow and ice. If you have the right items on hand inside the vehicle, you can often do things like make basic repairs, keep yourself warm and comfortable, or even apply first aid to yourself or others, but if you don’t, then emergency situations can mean a long, uncomfortable wait for assistance, or worse.
Getting your car emergency ready is fairly easy and not that expensive to do, and by making sure you have all of the stuff you need if you get stranded or your car won’t start, or you are in a minor accident, you can rest easy knowing that you are well prepared. Here are some things to keep in your vehicle:
Even if you don’t know much about car maintenance and repair yourself, there are some simple things you can always remedy yourself rather than waiting for assistance from the AA or whoever you are with. A good example is a flat battery. If you have a portable power supply you can revive your car in this situation even without another person to let you use theirs and some jumper cables, which can be a lifesaver if you are stuck somewhere remote. Have car repair tools and accessories that allow you to do basically anything you know how to do to your car (such as changing a tyre or jump starting it), and you won’t have to sit in the cold kicking yourself while you wait for help!
It can sometimes happen that due to weather conditions or a breakdown, you can be stranded in your car for hours, or even overnight. This is something that is more common than you might think, especially in wintry conditions. If you can ensure you have the things you need to keep warm and keep yourself safe, then this will be a lot less dangerous and traumatic. Keep blankets or even a warm sleeping bag in your car, along with a set of warm, dry clothes for each person who usually travels in the car. Also keep some food that has a long shelf life and can be eaten straight from the pack, in case you need nourishment, and some bottled water. If you want, you can also include something like a camping stove and the things you need to make some hot food or beverages (such as canned meat and instant coffee). Add a first aid kit to this, plus a torch and spare chargers for your phone, and you are set!
There are lots of things that can come in handy which can be kept in your car, but even with these very minimal things you will have a much better time of it if you get stuck!