There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road to steal your way into the night and wake up in a new town or beyond. There really is something freeing about taking a long drive, whether it’s just a few hours or you prefer days of travel. However, many people make the mistake of not planning ahead and when they run into trouble they aren’t in a position to deal with it appropriately.
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, here are 5 key pieces of safety equipment that you should always have in your car when you head out on long drives (or even short drives in turbulent weather).
- Hazard Equipment
That includes a high-vis vest, flares, and the triangle (ideally, three hazard triangles so other drivers have plenty of warning). This will ensure that you and your vehicle are easily spotted in the event of a breakdown. It doesn’t just keep you safe on the road, it keeps everyone else safe, too. Of course, it also means you might get a helpful stranger who can lend a hand in your time of need. Then again, if you keep all the necessary contact details for the insurance company and breakdown cover in your glovebox then you won’t need to rely on the kindness of others.
Whether it be bulbs, fuses, or a spare tire. You should be prepared for any eventuality and have the equipment and know how to make any on the road repairs as necessary. Of course, with the above safety equipment on hand, you can rest easy knowing you can carry out your repairs safely at the side of the road. Don’t forget the jack and jumper cables, too.
It’s important that you have your mobile phone (as well as a charger) with you so that you have a means of communication while you’re on the open road. Whether it’s to call for emergency services in the event of an accident or to call for breakdown assistance. Whatever you do, though, don’t allow your mobile device to distract you from driving.
Keep yourself on track by packing a map, though, and that is on top of whatever Satnav system you may have in place. Anything can happen, so it’s important that you cover all the bases and make sure that you are safe and sound in your travels. Always ensure you set your route on the Satnav before you set off on your trip and if you need to make any changes en route then you should pull over to do so.
- Food Supplies
Water is a must, whether it’s to drink or top of your vehicle’s fluids, but so are non-perishable foods. The best options are cereal bars or energy bars, and crisps. These tend to have longer shelf lives so you don’t need to worry about switching out your supply too often, nor do you need to worry about them being stale from sitting in your car too long. Remember to change your water out from time to time, too. You can keep a separate bottle for topping up the fluids in your car.
The Canadian rescue team directs people to keep a can of dog food in the car. People often eat their emergency supplies too quickly, whereas dog food is… gross, so it isn’t as tempting, but if it’s your only option then it’ll keep you going. Think about that if you love driving in bad weather.
- First Aid Kit
It’s a good idea to keep everything you could ever think of in here, not just the basics. Consider every eventuality and plan for it. While your work might not be allowed to keep paracetamol in their kit you certainly can, so think of what you may need in an emergency situation and stock your box fully.
Your first aid kit can also be a good hiding spot for a small amount of cash, just in case. It’s always handy in case of emergencies. It’s also well out of sight if someone was to break into your vehicle and the majority of people don’t rifle through first aid kits. You can always slip it into an envelope and hide it at the bottom of the box. Just don’t give in to temptation to borrow it from yourself and never pay it back.
If you’re a fan of winter drives then you should keep blankets and warm clothes in your boot, too, if something happens and you’re waiting at the side of the road or in the car you want to be as warm as possible while doing so. The risk of hypothermia is real. Don’t forget a flashlight, too. If you have the best winch, you can rescue yourself if you ever get stuck.
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Article Written By; Mark Dorsey