Being left stranded by an uncooperative vehicle can be much more than inconvenient. In fact, it can prove downright dangerous if you’re unprepared. The good news is that your car probably has some space to store essentials should you become stranded.
Beyond the spare tire and jack (which you should train yourself to use before you actually need to use them), many drivers don’t have essential items in their car. Between the golf clubs, lawn chairs, and umbrellas, make room for the following essentials:
- Cardboard or carpet remnant for tire traction
- Jumper cables
- Battery-operated phone charger
- First-aid kit
- Can of tire inflator and sealer
- Matches or fire-starter
- Change of clothes
- Ice scraper
- Water bottles
- Energy bars
- Paper towels
While you cannot prevent every accident or breakdown, you can minimize the dangers associated with such events.Reprinted by permission, The Mines Press, Inc. Volume 44, Issue 2. Insurance products are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not insured by any government agency, carry no bank guarantee, and may go down in value.