Driver’s licence, identity documents and proof of insurance are the obvious items you should always have, but what else should you have on hand?
Our safety experts gave us this small safety list of items for you to always have in the car with you to ensure you are safe I case of an emergency:
1. First aid kit
Pre-packaged first aid kits are available for purchase but you can still assemble your own. A good kit includes bandages in multiple sizes, gauze, an antibiotic cream, painkillers, allergy medicine, hand sanitizer, and cotton swabs. To be even more prepared, consider packing a thermometer, heating pad, battery-powered radio, and any special medication that is always needed, e.g. inhalers.
Nowadays, most phones have inbuilt flashlights, but much as they may suffice, remember you need to preserve your cellphone battery power for future use. Therefore, find a heavy duty, waterproof flashlight which will enable you to take a look under the hood comfortably and make a nighttime car emergency less scary. Just make sure you have extra batteries.
3. Water bottles
Water has many uses on the road and you should carry as much as you can. Apart from drinking, you can also use water to clean oil off your clothes or pour into your radiator if your car overheats.
4. Warm clothing
Keeping blankets, sweatshirts, and other warm clothing in your trunk can be a lifesaver when the temperature drops and you’re stuck in your car without a working heater. If you live in a colder part of the country, consider storing a fleece blanket or thermal sleeping bag in your car. And in a pinch, you can always use a blanket as a makeshift tarp, towel, or window shade.
5. Spare tyre
It is not just enough to have a spare tyre, you should also know how to change it. In event of a flat tyre, you’ll also need to use a few tools—a jack, tire iron or wrench, and pipe to extract the tyre and replace it.
Always carry a few things to snack on, like crisps, biscuits, sweets or energy bars to help contain your hunger pangs until you get to the next meal.
7. Tool Kit
A basic tool kit can be a lifesaver in case of a breakdown. You can include items such as a tyre gauge, screwdrivers, pliers, oil, brake fluid, duct tape, antifreeze, and a pocket knife in your tool kit.
8. Emergency flares
These will come in handy in event your car stalls at a blind corner or an area with poor visibility. They will help you draw attention of the other drivers and warn them too, in the process.
9. Jumper cables
These are your only chance at salvation on occasion that you run a flat battery. Be sure to acquire good quality jumper cables and follow the instructions that come with it well.
10. Paper napkins
Always have paper napkins and if possible wet wipes to help you clean up any spills or dirt you may get onto your hands.
Gloves should be combined with a first aid kit to wear whenever you need to attend to an injured person. Also be sure to include a thick set of gloves to guard your hands when you handle dangerous chemicals or extremely hot or sharp stuff.