Face it. It is terrifying to end up stranded in the middle of a highway with your car battery dead or even a flat tire. More so, if you have no idea what to do afterwards. Double the trouble if it's late at night and you can't call for help that late. Well, we are here to tell you that it doesn't need to be such a hassle and that you can avoid this situation or, in this case, prepare for it with just a few simple tricks. Here is a list of things you can do to have smooth sailing in your time of emergency.
Fix your flat tire
A well inflated spare tire, a wheel wrench and a tripod jack can save your life when dealing with a flat tire. Without these vital tools, it’s nearly impossible for one person to replace the tire by themselves. Next time you set out for a long drive, don’t forget to carry a spare tire & essential equipment to save you a workout.
Fuel for your engine
Carrying extra few litres of fuel never hurt anybody in the long run. Always keep a couple of litres additional with you when going on long trips. If you're aware that the route you're taking might not have very many gas stations, then this would be the wiser decision to make. Carrying some extra coolant can also help you stabilize your engine if required.
Carrying a generous medkit never hurt anyone. Include antibiotic ointment, gauze, surgical tape, bandaids, clean medical cotton, disinfectant, over-the-counter medicines in your first-aid box. It's a precautionary measure that everyone should take, as should you in the event of finding yourself in a medical emergency on the road.
It goes without saying that if you own a vehicle, then you should own a functional toolbox. Even if you don't know how to use them, you can find someone who can help you in case you face difficulties with your ride. A hammer, screwdriver, electrical tape, pliers, an adjustable wrench, pocket knife etc are a few things one should have handy in their toolbox.
Late-night drives can be scary if you face a hiccup in your transport, particularly if you're driving through a remote area. A flashlight with a set of extra batteries can be your best friend if you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and need some light to illuminate your way. Similarly, a reflective vest if you need to walk down the road to seek help. The vest can help passersby spot you better. It’s also a good idea to carry a compass & a roadmap as a backup in case your phone or your car dies, along with its GPS services.
Whether you need it or not, having a few basic supplies can always be a good thing down the line. Change of clothes, ration, a blanket, water, warm clothes, towels, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, a phone charger and even raincoats can be helpful to keep in your car. Non-perishable food items are better options, such as nuts, dried fruits, and protein bars.
Without a doubt, you should carry a fire extinguisher in your car, at all costs. Fire is a type of hazard that can come your way without a notice, and it's best to be prepared for it than to regret it later. Keep it nearby in a quickly accessible area inside your car for you to reach it asap if needed.
Backup for your car
A jumper cable and a backup battery can save you out there if your car dies on you. Cold weather can affect your engine and make it challenging for you to achieve ignition. Whether you can find someone to help you jumpstart your car or not, having the option available to you can solve half the problem.
For every person out there who's a car owner, these are the things that we recommend you need to keep in mind when you drive off for work, a solo trip or even just taking your four-wheeler out for a spin. Not only can it assure the longevity of your car, but it can also help you stay safe out there.