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A List of Roadside Emergency Essentials

posted by on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

 

Be Prepared in the Event of a Roadside Emergency

Close your eyes and picture this scenario: You are driving late at night on a country road and your vehicle becomes hard to control. You pull off to the side and notice that you have a flat tire. What should you do now? Well, if your vehicle is equipped with a roadside emergency supply kit, you will have all that you need at your fingertips to get back on your journey in no time! 

Emergency Supply Kit Necessities

Include the following items in your roadside emergency supply kit: 

  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Four 15-minute road flares
  • Two quarts of motor oil
  • One gallon of antifreeze
  • First-aid kit (equipped with bandages, gauze, gloves, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, instant ice and heat packs, scissors and a pain reliever)
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Extra fuses
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Vice grips
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tire inflator
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Rags/paper towels
  • Duct tape
  • Spray bottle containing washer fluid
  • Pocketknife
  • Ice scraper
  • S.O.S. banner
  • Non-perishable energy bars
  • Bottled water

Though this list may seem excessive and a waste of usable space in your trunk, all of the items will assist you in different types of emergencies. We advise you to use this list as a guide and customize your own kit based on your family's and car's needs. Before you need to use your kit in an emergency situation, it is wise to thoroughly familiarize yourself with its contents. Take the time to discuss with your entire family how each item in your kit will assist in an emergency and make sure that everyone knows how to use the contents properly and safely. 

Contact TrueNorth today to learn more about our towing and road service coverage - with many of our insurance options, roadside assistance is just a phone call away!

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