Set of Tools
Finally, the fifth most important item that you should keep in your trunk in case of emergency is a set of tools. Tools can come in handy if your vehicle breaks down and is stranded roadside, or if you are in a motor vehicle crash.
Tools can serve a number of purposes, from actually repairing your vehicle to being used for minor repairs and quick fixes. Small tools and items, like an ice scraper, are handy on a day-to-day basis.
What Tools Do I Need to Have in My Roadside Emergency Kit?
The right tools can make a huge difference in your comfort if you are involved in an accident. Items that you should certainly keep in your roadside emergency kit include:
- Work gloves (vehicles parts are not only dirty, but are also often very hot as well);
- Tire pressure gauge;
- Ice scraper;
- Tire jack; and
- Portable battery vehicle charger and jumper cables.
It is also a wise idea to have an empty and extra gas can, extra tire (or at least a donut) a shovel, and a fire extinguisher as part of your toolkit. Another good idea is to put a few dollars worth of cash in your toolkit in order to buy some gas (or any other small items you may need) if you’re without a credit card.
Learn How to Do the Basics
Assuming that there will always be someone around who can lend a hand when you need it isn’t always a good idea. While there may indeed be help just a phone call away in the event that you have an accident on the main road, this may not be the case if you are involved in a single-vehicle collision, crash and do not have your cellphone available, or are involved in an accident in a secluded area where there is little traffic or cellphone reception. Because these types of emergencies and accidents do happen, knowing some vehicle maintenance and repair basics could prove helpful. At the very least, you should know how to operate a small fire extinguisher, check air tire pressure and fill tires, and jumpstart a car battery. Learning how to change a flat tire is also a smart idea.
Always Be Prepared if You’re in an Accident – Keep Certain Items in Your Trunk in Case of an Auto Accident
There is nothing that can truly prepare you for an accident; car crashes are traumatic, and often leave victims with serious injuries. However, having the right items in your trunk can, at the very least, often help to provide quick care and remedy and help you to document your injuries and damages. Never leave home without the right tools, emergency contact numbers, a flashlight and road flares, cellphone camera, and basic first aid supplies stored within your vehicle.
If you are in an accident, remember that our lawyers at the offices of Naqvi Injury Law are here to provide you with the legal support and guidance you need. We know how to build successful claims, and are passionate about providing our clients with superior legal services. Call us today for your free injury consultation.