It feels like a scene from your worst nightmare: on your summer road trip, your car breaks down, leaving you stranded on a lonely road with thunder and dark skies looming in the distance. Put your fears aside. With a bit of preparation, you can safely handle roadside breakdowns and emergencies this summer.
1. Prepare an Emergency Kit
While traveling, prepare for the unexpected. Include bottled water, prescription medications, and non-perishable food items in your emergency kit. A small first aid kit can save the day after a minor accident. Bandages, medical tape, antiseptic solution, and cold packs are a few items to include.
Make sure to incorporate items to keep you safe while you wait for help. Roadside flares or reflective signs are both smart choices. Even the warm months can have chilly weather, so keep a blanket in your car to stay comfortable.
In the event of a complete mechanical failure, a flashlight provides valuable light so that you can assess the situation.
A weather radio permits you to receive information concerning severe weather conditions from the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
2. Let People Know Where and When You are Traveling
Before you set out on your journey, let friends and family know your itinerary. Let them know a realistic time that they can expect to hear from you. You may be in a situation where your cell phone has no power or spotty reception; your loved ones can alert the proper authorities that you are missing.
3. Obtain the Phone Numbers for Local Businesses
Do a bit of research before your trip. It is helpful to compile a list of emergency numbers that serve the areas you are heading. Gather contact information for towing services like R & R Towing, mechanics, and local hospitals. Take into account the hours that possible businesses are open.
By gathering numbers before hand, you have a chance to evaluate your possibilities to ensure you are dealing with a reputable business.
4. Maintain Your Vehicle
Before hitting the road, have a trusted mechanic evaluate your car. Complete any necessary maintenance, such as an oil change, tire rotation, or filter replacement. Have the mechanic check the charge of your battery and the condition of your tires.
Don't forget to consider spare parts; have the mechanic spend a few extra minutes to make sure your spare tire is still in good condition.
A summer road trip is a terrific way to make lasting memories. Don't set out on your journey until you are adequately prepared. By following a few simple tips, you are ready to conquer common road trip mishaps.Share
20 May 2016
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