For Roadside Emergencies
Jumper Cables: Your battery may have run flat or simply ceased. It’s always a necessity to keep cables in your vehicle.
Fuel Bottle: Whether you’re the “I’ll make it” person, or simply forgotten to fill your tank, it is always a good idea to keep an empty bottle on-hand for cases when you run out of petrol.
Spare Tyre And Tyre Changing Supplies: Nothing is worse than getting a flat tyre. Always make sure you have: a spare tyre, tyre iron, tyre jack, lug wrench, wheel wedges, and a flat tyre repair kit.
Owner’s Manual: Always keep the manual in your vehicle – It will come in handy if an unfamiliar light starts flashing on your dashboard. The manual explains your car in detail and will spare you spending a lot of money on something that could have been prevented by simply reading the manual.
Tyre Pressure Monitor: A tyre pressure monitor ensures your tyres have the correct air pressure. You may risk a tyre burst if they have been overinflated. Better to be safe than sorry!
For Health And Safety While Stranded
First Aid Kit: You never know when you may stub a toe or injure yourself, thus it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit in reach, e.g. Your cabby.
Flashlight: There’s nothing worse than being stranded in the dark. Keeping a flashlight/torch in the car will help with extra light.
Emergency Food And Water Bottles: Snacks are always a good idea! Keep healthy snacks along with water, to keep up your energy levels for when you may be stranded for hours.
Reflective Triangles: To remain visible to other motorists on the road, always have reflective triangles at hand to place on the road. Remember: You should place it 3 metres from your car to warn oncoming traffic of your immobility. Safety first!
A Car Phone Charger: Always ensure that your cell phone is fully charged. However, if your battery runs low quickly, make sure to have a cellphone charger in the car to boost your phone’s battery life.
Mapbook: In case your technology device, (GPS, cellphone), fails you – try going old school by using a street map. This could, however, go terribly wrong, so ensure it is updated and you are not lead astray.
Notebook And Pen: This is a simple safety precaution, whether you are lost or involved in an accident, a notebook and pen will always come in handy to jot down any important information.
In addition to the basics above, you might want to keep these things around also:
- Spare change/emergency money
- Reusable shopping bags for those impromptu shopping trips.
- Blanket, which comes in handy not just for keeping warm in emergencies, but also for any spontaneous picnics or even a sports game.
- Change of clothes: also an emergency item, because if you get drenched in rain, it’s not good for your health and well-being to sit around like that.
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