Have you ever found yourself stuck on the side of the road? If not, you are lucky or very good at preventive maintenance. We all plan to have a safe drive; however, just in case things don't go as planned, it is good to have an emergency kit packed in your car for that just-in-case. What should you keep in your vehicle emergency kit? Great question! At Bristow's, we have put together a list of items to consider packing before you take off on your Great Escape.
First Aid Kit
Purchasing a first aid kit that is pre-packed is a no brainer. It comes with gauze, bandages, antibiotic ointment, tape, scissors, gloves, aspirin, tweezers, hydrocortisone, and a thermometer all packed into an efficient little bag. You can pick them up for about $25, and it is sure to come in handy. If you can find room to add a few things into the bag, we suggest you tuck in a flashlight, extra batteries, and a spare phone charger. Adding a handwritten note with your insurance information, preferred tow company, family/friends contact info is a sound idea.
Packing a strobe light, a brightly colored cloth that you can tie onto your antenna if you are on the side of the road, or a reflective triangle are excellent safety items that signal you require help. Have you thought about packing a small fire extinguisher? Most people don't plan for a car fire; however, if you prepare by packing one in your vehicle, you never know when it can come in handy, or even save a life.
Having a handy small tool kit can pull you through in a pinch. It is possible you or someone else may need a wrench or screwdriver. Adding a multi-tool, jumper cables, some duct tape, and a knife to your kit is always a good idea.
Keeping a small bag with a travel blanket and a change of clothes, including a high visibility vest, is an excellent idea. You never know when you will be out in the middle of nowhere and need to stay warm. Packing a small rain poncho and a sweater along doesn't take up much space and can make a world of difference.
Snacks and Hydration
Packing a small bag of protein bars, an MRE, and or some nuts and candy bars can save the day. Keeping a gallon of water on hand or a pack of water bottles not only offers peace of mind, but it also provides you with emergency rations to both use and share.
Odds and Ends
Depending on the season, packing along a little cat litter in a baggieplus a shovel can get you out of a bind in the winter. Spend that extra time to look at your spare tire to ensure it is inflated and that your cars jack and wheel wrench is still in your car and in good working order will keep you feeling safe and prepared. Don’t forget Fix-a-Flat in a can!
Has it been a while since you scheduled a check-up appointment for your car? At Bristow's, we have some of the most qualified auto mechanics in the business today. We back our work with a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty, and our entire team focuses on creating a top-notch customer service experience. We specialize in BMW service and repair, so you'll know that your car is in the best hands. Make your appointment today!
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