9 Safety Essentials to Keep in Your Car This Summer
Summer’s here and everyone’s hitting the road to travel. The last thing you want on your trip is to break down on the side of the road and be left stranded. Keep these 9 safety essentials in your car this summer to avoid any mishaps on the side of the road.
- Water – In the summer, temperatures in a car can hit record limits. These hot temperatures can increase your risk of dehydration. Be sure to stay hydrated and keep plenty of extra water in the car in case you should break down.
- Warning Devices – Anything from a car accident to a mechanical breakdown can cause your car to be inoperable and create a dangerous situation. Warning devices can alert oncoming drivers of your car.
- First Aid Kit – Whether you’re driving across country or just around town, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your car. Make sure that this kit includes bandages, instant ice packs, insect repellent and sunscreen.
- Sun Shelter – If your car should break down on a really hot day where there is no shade anywhere to be found, your car can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot. A pop-up shelter is a great affordable, effective way to keep you cool outside of the vehicle.
- Portable Phone Charger – Now-a-days, we rely on our phones for just about everything. From a gps, to calling for help, it can provide a lot when broken down on the side of the road. Keep a portable battery in your car incase your phone dies while you are broken down.
- Spare Tire – A flat tire can ruin anyone’s day. Most cars come with a spare donut that can be driven on for 70 miles, just enough to get you to a car shop. Be sure that your car is at least equipped with a donut, if not a full spare tire.
- Fire Extinguisher – Keeping a fire extinguisher in your vehicle can help prevent a small fire from becoming out of control. Make sure the fire extinguisher is rated Class B or Class C by the NFPA.
- Portable Car Battery Charger – A dead car battery is a quick fix but not when you’re without jumper cables… and another vehicle. Portable battery chargers are a great alternative to jumper cables because they don’t require another car’s help. Most are small and powerful but inexpensive!
- Tools – You never know what you’re going to need on a road trip, but you definitely don’t want to pack an entire tool box. Invest in an multi-tool that has all of the essentials but is compact and lightweight!