We all know what it’s like when you break down in the middle of nowhere, and your car won’t start.
However, there are lots of things you can do to improve that situation. It just involves some forethought and preplanning.
We’re going to present you with a list of items today that all motorists should keep in their cars. Some of them will help you in a breakdown situation; others will assist in other ways. Those who fail to keep these items in their vehicles are guaranteed to suffer more than most when something goes wrong. Bear that in mind, and hopefully you will remember to think ahead.
A list of relevant phone numbers
There are no guarantees that your smartphone will work if you break down in certain areas. So, you need to keep a list of relevant phone numbers if you glove box. Ideally, the list should include friends and family members who might be willing to help. It should also contain the number for your recovery provider. A representative from AA tyres told us lots of people call when they have a flat these days. Unless you’re willing to change the tyre yourself, you’ll need a phone number of that nature too. Even so, it is wise to ensure you have a spare and the appropriate tools in your boot.
A full fuel can
It costs around £5 to fill a fuel can. Some of them take even less than that. So, it’s not going to break the bank, but it could save you in bad situations. Every motorist will run out of petrol at some point during their lives. No matter how careful you might be, it’s is almost certain to happen. The last thing you want to do is walk ten miles up the side of the motorway to a petrol station. So, you need to keep at least a few pounds worth of fuel in the boot. That should be more than enough to ensure you can get to the next filling area. There should be a motorway service station every couple of miles.
Spare clothing and snacks
You probably won’t have time to pack spare clothing and snacks for short journeys. Even so, it’s wise to do that when you plan to travel long distances. In truth, even people with the most reliable cars can get caught short. You never know when your car is going to stop working, and you’ll be stuck at the side of the road. Temperatures could drop if you are there for a long time. So, having some extra warm clothing and something to eat will ensure you stay comfortable. Just buy a travel bag and make sure you fill it every time you leave home. If you plan to travel more than eighty miles, it is vital that you have supplies.
Now you know about all the essential items you should keep in your car, the chances of something going wrong should decrease. At the end of the day, it is only you who will suffer if you fail to take heed. We’ve given you the lowdown, and now it’s up to you to act on the information. Don’t make the same mistakes so many others have in the past. Stay safe guys!
It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.