Even the most reliable vehicle will experience issues from time to time. When this occurs, being prepared is a must. Having the following on-hand in your car or truck at all times will save you a ton of hassle. It will also stop a bad situation from getting much worse when it comes to your safety.
Emergency Car Kit
A good emergency car kit should include a wide variety of items to cover many different situations. For example, your kit should have:
- First aid supplies
- Flares and warning triangles
- Gas can
- Road maps (in case your mobile device is lost or damaged)
- Duct tape
- A pen/pencil and paper (to write notes if you must leave your vehicle somewhere)
- A multi-tool
- Work gloves
- Seatbelt cutter/window breaker
Keep these items in your trunk at all times. Make sure they are properly secured and easily accessible for when you need them.
Jack and Lug Wrench Set
If you don’t know how to change a tire, now is the best time to learn. While you can rely on a tow truck driver to change a tire for you in a pinch, there might be time when you can’t access help right away. In addition to knowing the proper practice for changing a tire, you must also have the right tools. This includes a car jack, which elevates your vehicle so you can safely perform the tire change. Additionally, a lug nut set ensures you can remove the flat tire to replace it.
A jack and lug wrench set are nothing if you don’t have a functional spare tire. Keep in mind that spare tires are only for emergency situations, meaning you shouldn’t continue driving on one for a long time. Use it to get home or to a service station, then immediately replace the spare with a new tire.
Batteries usually die when you least expect, without much prior warning. Jumper cables are essential, in this case, as they’ll restart your battery to get you on your way. They also allow you to help other motorists in the event that their batteries fail.
Contact Info for an Auto Repair Shop
Some car problems can’t be remedied with jumper cables or a tire change. Accordingly, you want quick access to a reputable auto repair shop, so you can make immediate arrangements to have your vehicle serviced. Keep a card with the shop’s phone number in your vehicle or your wallet.
ABC Paint & Body is proud to be your body work and repair shop of choice in Albuquerque. We provide auto body repair, vehicle maintenance, brake inspections, and more to our customers. If you’d like to learn more about our repair shop and the services we offer, please contact us today. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 575-524-2004.