#YHSafetyTips - Roadside Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Jul 26, 2017

Car emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. It is very important to make sure you have everything you need in your vehicle in case of an emergency or if you happen to break down. You should always be prepared for each season, as the weather depends on what you should keep in your kit. Also, where you live or where you are traveling to can add some things to your emergency kit. For instance, if you live in an area where it is cold and snows, you will want to be sure you have an ice scraper handy. If you are somewhere hot with extreme heat, you would want a battery operated fan available.

It is very important that you are prepared for roadside emergencies. Many things could happen to leave you stranded on the side of the road. There could be a tornado, hurricane, heavy rain, heavy wind, snow, flat tire, or a broke down car. You should be ready for anything when it comes to safety. Below is a list of things that would benefit you if you were to be stranded or have an emergency. You can modify this list based on where you are located and the weather conditions you are driving in.

-jumper cables
-ice scraper
-battery operated fan
-first aid kit
-charged cell phone or cell phone charger
-fire extinguisher
-reflective road triangles
-tire gauge
-tire sealant
-flashlight
-gloves
-rags
-duct tape
-tow strap
-utility tool
-water
-nonperishable snacks
-blanket
-shovel
-cat litter (for traction on snow and ice)
-road flares

Besides these items you should also keep oil, brake fluid, and antifreeze handy. Also, keep things in your car to change a flat tire with. When you pack your emergency kit for your car put everything in zip lock baggies to keep them dry and organize them in a clear tote and put the kit in your trunk. It is a smart idea to write the things that are in your kit on a list and make sure to replace anything if it is used or expired. Keeping everything in this list in your car at all times should help you with any emergency you may face.

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