Facing a roadside emergency is never a pleasant experience and for some, it is one of the scariest experiences imaginable. These situations can put everyone involved and all those travelling on the road in harm’s way and at times, even lead to fiery and explosive circumstances. So, what can we do as responsible drivers to prepare ourselves to handle such an incident better, faster and safer? Here are a few useful tips that will help you mitigate the danger, time and money involved with a roadside emergency and walk out of the whole crisis with little or no harm.
An Emergency Kit
It is recommended that all drivers keep a box or a container in the trunk of the car, that includes a set of supplies that will assist in taking care of themselves and all those around them in an urgent situation. Some of the compulsory items that you must include in the kit are first aid supplies such as bandages, antibiotics, aspirin, tweezers and plasters. If you don’t already know how, teach yourself how to dress a wound in a clean and sanitary manner. Next, pack jumper cables, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, drinking water, an extra battery and duct tape to handle any minor issues your vehicle might face while on the road. Regularly check the condition of the supplies and replace them with new ones when needed.
The Right Telephone Numbers
Remembering or figuring out whom to call during a panicky situation can be difficult, especially if you are in some form of physical pain or mental trauma. Having a list of emergency contacts saved under speed dial of your mobile phone can always be a huge time saver. The telephone number of your insurance company, Serin Transport Towing, ambulance services and other personal contacts must always be easily accessible and set apart from the rest. Also, a keep a spare mobile phone and a charger inside the vehicle at all time.
You can also list all the important emergency contacts in a sheet of paper (ideally placed inside a waterproof bag or cover) in an easily accessible place such as the glove compartment to be used in a situation where you will not have the phone in your person.
Extra Supplies For The Winter
Winter is probably the worst time of the year for driving, especially if you make long-distance trips all by yourself. There will always be extra dangers and risks on the roadside during this part of the year and a few special supplies must be added to your usual kit. A thick blanket and extra winter clothes to keep you warm are a must. Also important are extra drinking water and lots of food. Don’t forget to pack a few buckets of salt and sand to help you get your vehicle out of any difficult snowy situations. Salt can be used to melt away the ice while sand can be used under and around the tyres to give it the added friction required to roll over the snow if you ever get stuck.