If you are like most Americans you spend a large portion of your time in your vehicle. So it only makes sense to keep your vehicle well maintained and ensure it has the necessary equipment to help you in a disaster or emergency. I have spoken with numerous people who proclaim that tools and basic equipment are quite unnecessary in this day and age because they have AAA or some type of roadside assistance. All these programs are great and I have them myself, but the problem lies in that fact, that in an extraordinary event these services will not be able to assist you. As an example, some members of my family left the Houston area on I-45 and headed north towards Dallas to escape Hurricane Ike back in 2008. This trip typical takes around 3-4 hours; this time is took 24 hrs! See below.
Can you imagine breaking down in this mess without any equipment or tools on hand? Your only hope would be the kindness of a Good Samaritan to render you help.
Now that everyone is on board, below is a “basic” list of items that should be kept in your vehicle at all times.
• Jumper Cables
• First Aid Kit
• Duct Tape
• Spare Fuses
• Road Flares
• Fire Extinguisher
• Ice Scraper
• Chain or tow strap
Don’t forget to check the air in the spare tire and ensure the jack and lug wrench are where they are supposed to be. Also, don’t forget about that extra set of clothes that we spoke about in the previous post.
What equipment do you keep in you vehicle?