Car Safety When You’re on the Road

Getting stranded in your car is never fun. Not to mention, standing out on the side of the road, often in perilous weather conditions, can be dangerous. But there are several safety precautions you can take to prepare yourself for a roadside emergency.

There are many things to consider when preparing your car for hazardous conditions. First, the location in which you live or are traveling to will determine your specific needs. Motorists who live in colder climates, for example, should prepare for ice and snow by carrying ice scrapers and blankets. Next, check to see if your tires, windshield wipers, battery, etc. are working properly. If any car part needs replacing, visit your local mechanic or car dealership to have the proper maintenance performed. Finally, pack an Emergency Car Kit. An emergency kit should include rugged jumper cables, emergency flashers or lightsticks, a flashlight, a two-in-one screwdriver, a wrench, duct tape, cable ties, a rain poncho, hand towels and a blanket. Some other items you should consider include bottled water, non-perishable food, a can opener, candles and matches. For those who live in colder climates, you may want to pack a small snow shovel and an ice scraper for treacherous cold weather conditions. A pocket knife is also great for a multitude of tasks in case you’re in a bind. If you don’t know how to change a tire, companies like AAA offer printed guides that can help walk you through the process. With that said, make sure that your vehicle has a well-inflated, spare tire.

In addition to the Emergency Car Kit, it’s also very important to pack a First Aid Kit. Your First Aid Kit should include items such as pain relievers, sterile pads, alcohol prep pads, bandages, soap, gauze, medical tape, tissues, safety pins and ace bandages. You can also customize your kit depending upon your specific needs by packing prescription medications and contact lenses or glasses, just in case.

We sincerely hope that it never happens, but in the event that you find yourself in a roadside emergency, being prepared and having these essential items in your car will ultimately ease your circumstances and could even save your life.

Take care and drive safe,

Randy Seibert, President of Seibert’s Family of Companies