You will never know when accidents will happen. At least, you know that emergencies happen anywhere, especially in a vehicle or while driving a vehicle. Be vigilant and prepare for the worst. Always remember that luck favors the prepared.
Do the following to be prepared for a vehicle emergency:
- Check the vehicle. Always do this every time you prepare to leave. Damage on the vehicle can happen within hours. So, even if you’ve just checked everything yesterday, check everything again today. See if there is enough break fluid, enough gas, and enough air for the wheels. You’ll not only be safe while driving, you’ll save yourself from a lot of troubles, too.
- Keep a tool kit in your vehicle. There are many possibilities on the road but the nasty ones can be remedied with a handy tool kit. Working jack, blanket, spare tire, jumper cables, and flares are always important.
- Keep things for your protection. What if you got stranded in a place with only your vehicle as your shelter? In that case, protection for yourself is necessary like jackets, water, energy drink, foods, flashlight, map, compass, pocket knife, and first aid kit.
- Have a vehicle phone. Your mobile phone can be a good alternative to a vehicle phone. You’ll never know when you’ll need to seek help. The phone’s battery should be charged well also. Better have a car charger handy just in case you can’t use the regular outlet to recharge batteries.
- Get insurance. The law requires acquiring of vehicle insurance. This protects you and other people from the damages caused by vehicular accidents. Make sure you have covered all the necessaries.
- Familiarize your destination. Get to know where are the places to eat, to sleep, or refill your tank with gas while on the road. A map or a GPS will be very helpful to spot your needed establishment. However, just in case any of these are unavailable, you have no other option but to rely to your memory. Researching about your destination will keep your long travel smooth and emergency-free.
- Know more. Read books discussing about the things you should do in case of various emergencies. Learn the best things to do in an earthquake, when a tornado is coming, bombing, etc. Being knowledgeable on these matters may not be needed everyday. But when these matters are needed, you know that these will make a big difference between life and death.
- Regular vehicle checkup. Besides the usual checking you do with your vehicle, it needs another and more thorough checking. Have a professional check your vehicle regularly, at least once a year. Included to this more thorough checking is every little piece that makeup your vehicle.
Emergencies happen everywhere. Being prepared for a vehicle emergency is a good start. Besides this, make sure that you and your family are also prepared for other emergencies like fire, earthquake, robbing, threats, storms, and other natural disasters. Safety should always come first in everything and everywhere—and being safe starts by being more prepared.