Prepare an Emergency Road Kit

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Introduction

You don't want to find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere with your flat tire or broken car, do you? What's even more infuriating is when you're with your family or friends en route for a vacation and your tires blow or your engine suddenly stops. Anything can go wrong when you're on the road, so be sure to carry the right tools for any sudden emergencies. This article will show you how to prepare an emergency road kit in case of, you know - emergency.

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Tool checklist

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It is important that you have all the right tools for when you take a trip using your car, even if you're just going to work or a friend's party. These are the tools that you need to pack. You can buy the following items in a pre-assembled kit online, department store, or from an auto supply store, or you can buy each item separately.

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    Multi-tool (Swiss army knife)
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    Light folding shovel
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    Flashlights and extra batteries
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    Heavy duty rope or set of chains
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    Small fire extinguisher
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    Road flares
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    WD-40
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    Knife
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    Gloves, a pair of boots and wool socks
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    Fuses that are compatible with your car
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    Jumper cables
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    Wool blanket
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    Emergency road sign to display in case of trouble/emergency
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    Fluids for your vehicle (motor oil, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, etc.)
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    A gallon of water and a gallon of antifreeze
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    A funnel and several rags
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    Electrical and duct tapes
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Also, it is very important that you have a fully-charged working cellphone when you hit the road, even if it's a short trip. You do not know where you might end up having trouble with your car, right? Also, before leaving, make sure that your engine is in its prime state and the tires are in good working order.

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    There are some cases in which a car can catch fire, so you must bring fire extinguisher.
    The cause of fire may be because leaking oil or a wiring short circuit. There are a variety of sizes of multipurpose dry-chemical fire extinguishers. It is recommended to have the compact unit that is labeled 2A10BC and 1A10BC.
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    Tire gauges should be used monthly to check the inflation pressure of the spare tire and four tires.
    The ambient temperature affects the tire pressure. And when there is a change in temperature, it is advisable to check the tire's pressure.
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    In case your vehicle malfunctions on the road, it is vital that you place a warning about the presence of your car at the side of the road while fixing the car.
    You may use a battery-powered warning or reflective hazard triangles that does not require batteries.
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    A foam tire sealant would fix minor punctures.
    But tire shops refuse to repair tires with foam tire sealant because of the sticky residue that it leaves. You must choose a sealant that is non-flammable and do not consider this a permanent fix. To fix a puncture, you need to bring it to a professional repair shop.
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    Bring hand cleaner, gloves, and clean rags.
    These can be used after your hands have gotten dirty from simple tasks. It will protect the vehicle's interior and your clothes from getting dirty.
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    A flashlight is needed during the night.
    You must choose a flashlight which is weatherproof and bright. A flashlight that has a magnet or stand for mounting purposes is especially handy, so it can free up your hands for other tasks. Also bring extra bulbs and batteries.
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    Bring a disposable flash camera so that you can use it when you have vehicle insurance information to capture, or so you can get a picture of your car's wrecked condition.
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    Chemical hand warmers may also be used during winter time.
    These are available at sporting-goods stores and ski shops.
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First-aid checklist

What is that song that said, "trouble is a friend"? More often than not, road emergencies are coupled with few scratches and bruises. Before you tend to your engine or tires (except if they're burning or smoking), you must take care of yourself first. It won't matter anyway if you're in bad shape yourself and too wounded to drive. A first-aid kit should include:

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    Antiseptic alcohol and povidone-iodine
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    Sterile adhesive bandages with different sizes
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    Gauze pads in assorted sizes
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    Adhesive tape (hypoallergenic)
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    Scissors and tweezers
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    Needles and thread
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    Moistened towelettes
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    Thermometer
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Use an airtight and watertight container to store this in your vehicle. You should also take a lesson for first-aid administration, including training in CPR. Also take with you extra snacks and non-perishable goods for when you end up stranded for a long time.

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Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

  • There also are readily-available emergency kits sold on the internet. (This can save you trouble of manually compiling above materials.) Here's one:[1]
  • Keep a level head during emergencies. Don't panic.
  • Steer your vehicle to the side of the road or street so as to avoid causing traffic jams.
  • In case you're ever in need of tow services, you should try to have a list of contacts beforehand.
  • Sometimes, it's wiser to call for help when it's nearby than to fix the car yourself.
  • Remember to follow the instructions for each tool you will use.
  • Be sure your tires are strong enough and properly inflated for your travel, so you will not have to worry when nighttime comes or when it rains.
  • You must update the content of your kit. When it is winter time it is recommended to have chains, a blanket and an ice scraper, but you may not need them on August.
  • It is necessary that you keep your cell phone charged up before you travel. To have a car charging cord is advisable when you plan to drive for several days. Even you have automobile club membership or roadside assistance, you will need to call them when emergency arises.
  • Other things that you should have in your car for emergency purposes include s a first aid kit and a manual with instructions on how to make basic roadside repairs.
  • Wear a safety device even if it's just a vehicle repair.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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