The average American spends about 37,935 hours in their car during a lifetime. That equals out to an average of about 101 minutes spent driving each day. It is extremely important to be prepared for any situation that might require either an extended amount of time spent in your vehicle, a medical emergency, or just everyday happenings.
The team at Martinson & Beason, P.C. should be contacted if any serious problems occur out on the roads in Huntsville, Alabama, but there are a few things you can do yourself in case of an emergency. In order to be prepared for anything that might come your way—whether it is caused by another driver or Alabama hazardous conditions—you should keep certain items in your vehicle at all times:
First Aid Kit: This is one of the most important items that everyone should have in their vehicle. They are small enough to be stored securely in your trunk and can end up helping yourself or someone else in case of an emergency. Typical first aid kits come with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes and ointments, gloves, gauze pads, bandages and more.
Food: This is more recommended for longer trips where more things can go wrong. It is wise to include at least a two-day supply of non-perishable food in your vehicle in case something happens where you can’t get help for an extended period of time. Whether it is a tornado, flooding issue, snowstorm, or anything else, it is better to be prepared and have a survival kit with food in your car than risk being empty-handed.
Water: Storing water is extremely important if going on a long trip, especially through dangerous areas. A few bottles of water or a gallon or two should suffice in case of an emergency.
Flashlight: You never know when you’ll need some extra light. If your vehicle breaks down at night, it is important to have a high-quality flashlight that can assist you on your next task. Extra batteries are essential in case something terrible happens and you are stranded for an extended period of time.
Flares: Flares or a reflective triangle will help other drivers see you if you are stuck on the side of the road. The worst case scenario is being stranded on the side of the road at night, and having another driver crash into you. Flares can prevent that from happening. You’ll also be able to signal for help if need be.
A NOAA Weather Radio: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broadcasts continuous weather information that covers all warnings, watches, hazards, and other important information. There is a chance that this item—or any of these items—will never have to be used. If that’s the case, great! They are only taking minimal amount of space, and it’s much better to prepare for the worst just in case.
Vehicle Maintenance Items
Spare Tire: Every vehicle should have at least one spare tire at all times. There is usually always a compartment on your vehicle where you’ll be able to find one. A tire iron and tire jack should be included as well. Tire damage can strike at any moment, it is important to know how to fix it and have the equipment necessary to do so.
Tire Pressure Gauge: With a working tire gauge, you’ll be able to help other drivers as well. If you notice a tire that looks low, simply take out your gauge and you’ll be able to show the other driver the problem. Your own tire pressure should be regularly checked as well.
Vehicle Information: AAA card (if you’re a member), car insurance documents, and a business card for your vehicle repair shop should all be left in the glove compartment. These will always come in handy after an accident.
Jumper Cables: It’s important to know how to jumpstart a car as well, but you can’t even get to that step without jumper cables. You’ll never know when you might need them and they can really come in handy.
Change of Clothes: This is important for long trips because much more could go wrong, but it’s always good to have extra clothes just in case.
Cleaning Supplies: Paper towels, hand towels, and disinfectant wipes could all come in handy in case of a spill.
Hygiene Products: Again, you just never know when you might need some of these. Having a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, toilet paper, and other hygiene essentials are very important.
Blanket: It can be extremely cold at night if you’re stuck, even on nice warm days. Having a nice blanket in your trunk can save you from an uncomfortable night.
Having these items in your car can certainly get you out of some bad situations. If you experience any problems out on the road where the fault lies on someone else—or you’re in need of legal counsel yourself—the Huntsville, Alabama team at Martinson & Beason, P.C. can provide you with the legal advice you need. Contact us today.