Setting out on a roadtrip can be such a fun and exhilarating feeling, but can quickly turn sour if you do not have the right equipment stocked and ready in your car.
This list of equipment are things not only to keep you safe, but also to keep you on the road and getting where you need to go.
First Aid Kit: A first aid kit is a great item to have. In most scenarios for longer road trips, you will find a need for something in your first aid kit. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Fire Extinguishers: A fire extinguisher is a good way to protect yourself in case of a fire. Longer road trips can cause vehicles to heat up. Make sure that your fire extinguishers are checked and serviced regularly.
Reflective Warning Triangles: These small reflective items can save your life on the highway or winding roads. If you need to pull over, be sure that other drivers know where you are and place these 50 feet apart trailing back away from your car.
Water: A common necessity is water. In case of an emergency and you get stranded out somewhere, having some extra drinking water can keep your mind right. You can also use water as a coolant or in the windshield wiper tank in a pinch.
Flashlight: Flashlights are great for when you need to pull over in the dark. Not having enough light can really cause you to strain and lead to mistakes when fixing something on your car. A great option is for the magnetic mounting lights that go under the hood of your car so you do not have to even hold the light.
Snacks: Snacks are great no matter what, but in case of an emergency, having some extra food will make the situation better.
Car Repair Essentials
Foam Tire Sealant: Tire sealant is a good and inexpensive way to patch up a tire if you find yourself in a remote location. It will help you stay on the road until you can find a place to fix it.
Tire Gauge: Drivers should be checking the air pressure in their tires not only in their four tires, but also in their spare tires as well. You cannot always rely on the low tire warning lights.
Jumper Cables: These can help you get unstranded or can help you jump somebody else if they are in need.
Multipurpose Tool: A multipurpose tool does just what it says. It can act as many different tools that might be able to help you get out of a pinch.
It is important to have a good amount of these essentials prepped and ready in your car. Nobody ever has to want to worry about this, but it can give you peace of mind if you know you have the tools to fix things. Come into our shop before setting off on a road trip and we will be sure your car looks good and is running good before you set off.