15 Things To Have In Your Vehicle In Case You Break Down
At Chappelle’s Towing, we want to make sure everyone is safe and secure when traveling by vehicle — no matter what kind of trouble they may encounter on the road.
Let’s face it: There’s a lot that can happen out there on America’s highways and byways. Engine trouble, flat tires, accidents, you name it.
With the nation’s population continuing to grow and more and more people on the road every day, there’s also an increasing chance that something unfortunate might happen to us or our loved ones.
We’ve previously written and published a blog post about what to do if your car breaks down on the highway. Consider this a companion piece to that article. However, these tips are for those times when your vehicle breaks down on a road that is not heavily trafficked. (We’re also assuming that you’ve already pulled over safely and are waiting for help to arrive.)
That’s if you’re able to contact help in the first place.
It’s vital that everybody is prepared in the event they become stranded in their vehicle and unsure of when help will arrive. Life in the Pacific Northwest is a wonderful adventure, but the vast open spaces and treacherous mountain passes sometimes mean that roadside assistance is hours away.
While it’s true that modern vehicles are safer than ever before (GPS, antilock brakes, airbags, onboard cameras, AWD, collision avoidance systems, etc.), it’s also true that those systems aren’t much help when your vehicle has already broken down on the side of the road. And if you’re out of cell phone service range, then you won’t even be able to contact anybody for help.
15 things drivers should have in their vehicles at all times
Before setting out, especially on long drives through rural or rugged terrain, make sure to tell your friends and family where you’re headed, the route you’ll be taking and when you expect to arrive at your destination. If you wind up stranded and can’t get cell phone service, your friends and family will know to summon help when they notice you haven’t shown up at the expected time.
Here are 15 supplies you should have in your vehicle at all times.
- Bottled water (enough for several days for each person in the vehicle)
- Nonperishable food (for example, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, granola bars, etc.)
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire
- Tire fix kit (jack, lug wrench, air pressure gauge)
- Windshield de-icer (or ice scraper)
- Salt or kitty litter (to help get your vehicle moving on slippery terrain)
- First-aid kit
- Hazard triangle/flares
- Safety vests (although you should remain in your vehicle, you may have to exit the car to relieve yourself or to stretch tired, achy muscles)
- Fire extinguisher
- Cell phone charger
Also be sure to also have your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. That way, you’ll be able to provide these docs to any law enforcement personnel who arrive. And you’ll be able to contact your insurance company to get info on towing.
Chappelle’s Towing has served the greater Vancouver, Washington, area since 1981. We guarantee 24-hour, damage-free towing. Plus, we offer roadside assistance, accident scene services and winching.
We’re also a preferred provider/contractor for the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Chappelle’s Towing is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Get out there! Explore! Drive safe.
And remember: If you run into trouble, we’ve got you covered!