If your car is going to break down you can almost guarantee that it will choose a time that is not only unexpected but also extremely inconvenient for you.
So don’t let your vehicle catch you out! Make sure that you are always prepared for an emergency breakdown when you’re out on the road.
What to keep in your car
It doesn’t matter whether your car decides to pack in whilst you’re running your day-to-day errands or during a long and arduous road trip – either way it is still an extremely stressful experience. Make things as easy as possible for yourself by taking a few precautions to ensure that you’re always prepared for the worst when you’re out and about on the road!
Here is a list of items you should ensure you always have to hand in your car in case of an emergency.
- Road map
You may have sat nav on your phone but what if your phone is broken, lost, out of battery or signal? It’s essential that you always keep a road map in your vehicle for these times!
- Coins or phone card
If your mobile phone fails you in your time of need (as they have a habit of doing) then depending on where it is that you break down you may need some coins to call for help from a payphone.
- The details and telephone number for your emergency breakdown company
- Practical, warm, waterproof clothing
You never know when or where you’re going to break down. The last thing you want is to end up stranded on the coldest day of the year in inappropriate clothing. This is why it’s a great idea to keep warm and waterproof clothing/blankets in the car in case of such an emergency.
- A fully charged mobile phone and an in-car charger
- Red warning triangle
If you’re going on a particularly long trip then it is also advisable to pack food and water just in case you break down and are left waiting for assistance.
Keeping all of the above items in your vehicle will not only give you peace of mind, it’ll also soften the blow of falling victim to a broken down vehicle and make a difficult and stressful situation just that little bit easier to bear.