Being prepared is always a good idea. However, many of us often get caught in the middle of an emergency totally off-guard. To help you tackle any unforeseen road situation, we’ve come up with a list of 5 things to have in your car. Whether you embark on a long-distance adventure or simply take your car for a ride around town, these essentials will help keep you and your passengers safe.
Always try to have the following items in your car:
A flashlight (with an extra pair of batteries). Imagine yourself on a dark road with a car down! It will be hard to change a flat tire for example without light.
Jumper cables. These will enable you to jump-start the car if your battery dies or lend someone a helping hand when necessary.
A jack (to change the tire). This should come as a standard in every car. However, if you have bought a used car, for instance, you should double-check if it’s still there.
A blanket to keep you warm if you, God forbid, find yourself in the middle of a winter storm with a car refusing to start. You can even throw in some old clothes.
A first aid kit is a must to have in your car. In some countries, it is the law to have an emergency first aid kit and a few other basic things that can come in handy in case of accidents or breakdowns.
These are the essentials you should always have in your car. Of course, you never plan to get caught in the middle of a storm or get into an accident, but things happen and you should always be prepared.
So, if you are planning a long-distance drive, keep in mind those 5 things and make sure you have them in your car. To make sure you are prepared for virtually anything, feel free to check out Lifehacker’s list of essentials.