Many people in Spring, Texas, make resolutions for the New Year. We resolve to eat right, exercise more, or spend more time with loved ones. However, we often don’t think about resolutions that can help keep us safe during an emergency situation when driving. There’s nothing worse than being unprepared when one of these situations arise. Emergency kits may not be able to make an emergency disappear, but it can keep you safe by providing you with all the tools you may need to handle your situation. At LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair, we understand that drivers want to be prepared for anything when hitting the roads, so we’ve laid out some items you should resolve to have in your car this year to keep you and your passengers safe:
- A First-Aid Kit
While nothing can replace medical care following a collision or other dangerous emergency, a first aid kit can be helpful for minor injuries, like cuts or scrapes. Make sure your kit includes bandages, gauze pads, pain-reliving medication, and antiseptic cream.
- Jumper Cables
Many drivers have been stranded due to a dead battery in their car. Make sure you have jumper cables to give your battery some power if it dies. Your jumper cables should be at least 10 feet long and coated with at least 8-gauge rubber.
- Cat Litter
Yes, you read that correctly. While it may seem odd, keeping a small bag of cat litter in your car can be useful if your tires get stuck in mud. Sprinkle the cat litter just in front of your stuck tires for traction that can help free your tires. Keep in mind that you will need cat litter that does not become pasty or muddy when wet.
- Drinking Water
Make sure your car is stocked with drinking water, especially if you will be driving in rural areas or areas that are sparsely populated. Unfortunately, no one can predict how long they will be in an emergency situation, so keeping water on hand can help prevent dehydration, especially on hot days.
- Fire Extinguisher
Should your emergency situation involve fire, it’s vital that you are able to safely put it out. Keeping a fire extinguisher in your car will allow you to prevent a scary and dangerous fire from becoming worse. Make sure your extinguisher is rated for Class B and Class C fires. This means they will be able to extinguish fires caused by both electrical equipment and flammable or combustible liquids.
Bonus: Windshield Ice Scraper
While it is rare to need this item in Spring, Texas, our recent snowstorm proved an ice scraper can be useful. Should ice and sleet gather on your windshield, it can be almost impossible to see. An ice scraper can clear up your windshield when your wipers are frozen to the car.
No one plans on an emergency situation, but you can alleviate some of the stress involved by being prepared. An emergency kit can help you through a number of situations and keep you safe. To get your car running at its best after an emergency, give LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair a call at (281) 651-7766. We provide the highest quality automotive services and collision repairs in the Spring, Texas area.