Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, sometimes accidents and breakdowns can, and do happen. So let’s get prepared!
Before you consider even taking to the road, ensure you have breakdown cover sorted and be sure to shop around for one that suits your needs. For example, RAC personal cover is a good choice, as it covers you not the vehicle – so no matter what car you’re driving you can always call upon them to assist you.
You can of course just get breakdown that covers the sole vehicle you drive and it’s also worth checking if home start is included, as sometimes this costs more. Keep the details of your breakdown policy, and any contact numbers you need, stored on your mobile phone. This means you’re just a couple of taps away from being sorted.
As a responsible driver, you should also have your car stocked with supplies in the case of an emergency. So we’ve put together a list of things to keep in your vehicle to make any trouble you encounter far less of a headache!
We know, it sounds outdated, but if you are solely relying on the technology of your sat nav or mobile phone you could get in a sticky situation. Having a good old fashioned road map to hand is the safety net you need.
If you break down or have an accident, a triangle is essential for letting other road users know there is a hazard ahead. This is so important – it protects both you and other drivers.
An extension of the hazard triangle, this makes you far more visible to other drivers when you need to be outside of your vehicle in the event of a breakdown or accident.
A mobile phone with a full charge, kept in your glove compartment, couldn’t be more important. You need to be able to contact your cover provider and/or the emergency services – situation dependent. As a backup, have some kind of charger available, whatever is compatible with your vehicle.
Spare tyre and jack
You might not know how to change your tyre (but it’s definitely worth learning how) but the chances are someone will be able to help you out.
Having these leads in your vehicle is essential for jump-starting your car if it won’t turn over and also means you can be of help to others in the same situation as well.
First aid kit
This can make things much more comfortable should you need to treat minor injuries on the road.
Water and non-perishable food
A sealed water bottle is a huge part of an emergency kit, for more than one reason. You can use this for both drinking water and for topping up your washers or radiator levels should you run low in difficult conditions. Also having some non-perishable food to hand can be a lifesaver for keeping energy levels up. A box of cereal bars in the boot should do the trick.
Warm, waterproof clothing
If you’re stranded and waiting for assistance, something warm and waterproof to wear is indispensable. Keep this tucked under the passenger seat or in the boot.
Don’t forget a torch!
Now you have your emergency kit together, make sure you also have a torch to hand. If you break down at nighttime, depending on the problem with your vehicle, you may not have any lights – and the torch will help you find what you need. Keep spare batteries in your kit too.
Other important items
Grab a bottle of spare oil, get together a tub of spare change plus an ice scraper and we think you’re just about there.
One last thing…
It’s not advisable to carry spare fuel. This increases the chances of a fire in the case of an accident. But a spare, empty fuel can could be really helpful should you run out.
If you need to use any of these things while you’re out and about, make sure you top up your supplies once you get home. That way you’re prepared for any other future emergencies that may come your way.