5 Safety Devices You Should Keep in Your Car at All Times
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When an accident happens or a car breaks down in the snow in the middle of nowhere, people already need to be prepared: there’s no possibility of logging on to Amazon and ordering survival gear after-the-fact (even if you do have Prime). Be prepared the next time an emergency occurs, and you’ll be so glad you spent a few dollars safeguarding your life, the lives of your family and friends, and your property.
Water Is Essential for Life
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Not only can water help you clean wounds if there’s an accident, or fill your radiator if your vehicle’s overheating in a desert, but it also is essential to survive more than one or two nights. Keeping a gallon of purified water in your car could be the difference between life and death. It doesn’t take very much space, and it’s virtually free. Packing a gallon of water makes sense for every driver, because it’s easy.
Food is also a good idea, but you could live a week without food. Water is an immediate need.
Invest in a First Aid Kit (and Keep Out of It!)
Lots of people buy a generic ten-dollar kit at some store and toss it in their vehicle, then using the band aids as necessary. However, this isn’t the kind of first aid kit your car should have! Each vehicle should have the kind of first aid kit that includes safety gear, an emergency blanket, a knife for survival, and a compass. The ten-dollar kits just don’t cut it when it comes to true emergencies; you need something like a K-Light Emergency Kit. Here’s what you really need in your kit:
- Alcohol or Peroxide
- Extra Batteries
- Band aids, Wraps, and Splint Material
Remember not to squander supplies on non-emergencies so that they will be there when you truly need them.
Fix-a-Flat, Replacement Tire, or Tire Repair Kit
Everyone will experience a few flat tires in their lives, which means it should be common sense to prepare for them. However, every day people are stranded because they didn’t prepare, their cell phones are dead, and no one happens past them on the street. Don’t become a story on the seven o’clock news: prepare your car for inevitable flats. Keep in mind that AAA doesn’t count, because you might be out-of-range or have a dead phone.
Rapid Charger for Electronics
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Keep a rapid charger on hand for your devices, and plan to use it just for cellular phones and GPS devices during emergency scenarios. This device could save your life. If your cell phone and car are both dead and you’re two hours from civilization, then this rapid charger could get you home, again. Make sure you keep it juiced and stored in a cool place (and check it once a month to make sure it’s keeping its charge).
Booster Cables, Because the Other Driver Might Not Be Prepared
Be the savvy driver and have the necessary booster cables to jump your own car, or others’ in emergencies. Don’t be the helpless prat who just shrugs and looks embarrassed when people offer assistance but don’t have cables. For less than 20 dollars you can save yourself a lot of blushing and time.
Being prepared for emergencies isn’t costly or time-consuming: it just takes a little forethought and effort. Your friends will think you’re smart if you save them from certain death by frostbite, and helpless drivers will applaud you if your cables save their day.
Michael Erin Purdy studied Creative & Technical Writing at Utah Valley University while working as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief on the newspaper and the Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, Touchstones. She mastered press releases and speech writing while working for Senator Bennett in his DC office, and studied the delicate art of persuasion in social content as the Social Content Manager at BlueGlass. Michael mastered British English as a British English teacher in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Today Mrs. Purdy lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband who works at Nellis Air Force Base. They love their English bulldog too much to ever have kids. Michael volunteers as an English instructor at local schools, and spends far too much time on Reddit and Pinterest.