As a vehicle owner, your main concerns are probably your car financing, finding affordable insurance and keeping your services up to date. The fact is however that roadside emergencies are a reality. What if – despite your best efforts to keep your car in tip top shape – you find yourself broken down on the side of the road?
Here’s what you need to be prepared:
A spare tire
It seems obvious, but it’s amazing how many people use the spare in the event of an emergency and then forget to replace it. Make sure you always have a spare tire.
A basic medical kit
Most dealers and vehicle finance companies will ensure that their new and used cars come with a standard medical emergency kit containing bandages, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers. If your car doesn’t have one, put one together and keep it in the boot.
If you or any of your family have a condition that may require special medication, add this to your medical kit (for example adrenaline for bee stings and asthma pumps).
If you break down and are stuck on the side of the road in hot weather, you can always take layers of clothing off. But if you’re travelling in icy conditions, keep a couple of warm jackets in the boot.
You never know how long you’re going to have to wait for assistance, so water is essential to avoid dehydration. Plus bottled water can be used to fill your radiator if you’re really in a pinch.
An emergency cell phone charger
We all know that sinking feeling of a phone running out of charge just when you need it most. Don’t rely on your car charger – it won’t work if your car battery is dead. Buy an emergency charger and keep it in your cubby hole.