What To Keep In Your Car In Case Of Emergencies

Posted by Ben Davidson about 24 days ago

As we can all agree, one thing that you always want to avoid when you’re behind the wheel of a car is ice. It’s slippy, unpredictable and dangerous, and it plays havoc with your handling of the car. However, there is a version of ice that you should be only too ready to think about. Or rather, a version of I.C.E. (in case of emergencies) - in other words, you should always be thinking about how you would deal with an emergency in your car. The first step is to make sure you don’t leave home without the following…


A well-charged cell phone (and ideally a spare)


If you get into an accident, you will have a lot of phone calls to make - your insurance company, emergency contacts and the police, for a start. You can end up stuck away from home for hours longer than intended, so you don’t want to run out of cell phone charge. Having a cheap, non-smart phone which you leave switched off in the glove box is a good backup plan.


A list of numbers to call


911 is the easy one to remember, but you’ll probably have a few calls to make if you end up in an emergency situation, so it’s worth having essential numbers written down. You may need to call roadside assistance, a friend who lives nearby, and even the likes of Wetzel Law Firm, and you may need to do so from an unfamiliar phone, so don’t assume you’ll have them all saved.


Water and snacks


Accidents and breakdowns are rarely as simple as we’d like them to be, often necessitating recovery vehicles and other specialists turning up to the scene - in truth you may find yourself stood there for hours while things get cleared up. It’s a stressful situation, and you’re likely to find yourself getting tired, so having to hand some useful foods such as protein bars (which have a long shelf life, so can be left in the car for months) and some bottles of water could be very welcome to take the edge off any fatigue.


A portable air compressor


One of the most common issues to flash up on the dashboard while you’re driving along is the tire pressure light. This alert can come up if you’ve received a puncture, or the tire has lost pressure for any other reason. Sometimes, all you will need is a quick top-up, which is why a portable air compressor is so useful; it saves you calling out assistance, or trying to crawl the car to the nearest gas station - and usually comes with a flashlight as well as a warning beacon.


Warm clothing/blankets/hi-vis jacket


When you leave the house, it may be light outside. It may even still be light when you head for home later on, but an emergency taking hours to correct can end up with you stood by the roadside in the dark. Making yourself stand out as much as possible is key, so keep a hi-vis jacket or gilet in the car - and also have some warm clothing and blankets to ensure that you can stay warm if you’re not able to run a heater or sit in your car.


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