It is a late night and you’re driving home after a long day at work. You are cruising on the highway and then all of sudden your car shuts down. Other cars are zooming by and your phone battery is low. In that moment, you know that your car battery just died. What do you do? Are you prepared with the tools you need to help fix the problem?
Although the above situation is hypothetical, situations similar to the one above occur more than you think. This is why at Rick Case Honda Davie, your preferred Honda dealership in the Miami, FL area, we want you to always be prepared by having a comprehensive roadside safety kit in your car. It is unknown what type of car troubles or potential accidents can happen on the road, but regardless of the situation, having a prepared roadside safety kit can help you stay safe when you need it the most.
Packing the Essentials in Your Roadside Safety Kit
Creating your personalized roadside safety kit is easy, and at Rick Case Honda Davie, we wanted to give you our top ten items to include in your roadside safety kit. Of course, you can add more to these ten items, but because you never know what situation might occur you should at least have the essential roadside safety items in your car and ready to go.
1) Jumper Cables:
If you have jumper cables in your car already with you, you already have half of the problem figured out. The only other thing you need is another car to hook the jumper cables up to. After ensuring both cars’ engines are turned off and parked, connect the jumper cables to the dead car’s battery terminal. Next, start the working car to jump-start the other car with a dead battery and it should start back up, allowing you to continue onto your destination!
2) Extra Snacks & Water:
When is having extra snacks ever a bad thing? Okay, sometimes if you’ve already loaded up on food all day it might be, but having extra snacks in your roadside safety kit is definitely not a bad idea. Not to just eat for when you get hungry, but to have in case of an emergency.
To accompany snacks, keep extra bottles of water in your car as well. If something happens and you need to wait on the side of the road for a while, some extra snacks and water would be very beneficial to have.
3) Warning Triangles:
Accidents happen, and if you do get in an accident, it is important to have warning triangles in your car ready to use when you need them. When you get in accident, it is recommended to place the warning triangles about 50 feet away from the car, to help warn oncoming traffic of your stopped car on the road ahead of them. Reflective triangles help make your car more visible, aiding in your and others’ overall safety on the road.
4) First Aid Kit:
If you don’t already own a first aid kit as a part of your household items, now is the time to get one but also for your car. Of course, if you find yourself in the situation where the injuries are major, we suggest calling an ambulance. However, having some necessary medical items such as Band-Aids, gauze pads, aspirin, wipes, and more will come in handy more than you think if you have them with you in the car.
Although a simple item, not including a flashlight in your roadside safety kit is like not having peanut butter in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it is essential. If your phone battery dies and it’s late out, you can be stuck with no source of light. This is where having a flashlight in your roadside safety kit is helpful because it will allow you to see what you are doing whether that is writing notes down or looking under your car’s hood having some light is necessary.
6) Tool Kit:
The beauty of making your own roadside safety kit is that you can tailor it to your needs. The same goes for your tool kit within your roadside safety kit. Tools allow you to fix things, and if you are pulled over on the side of the road, some fixing is definitely something you might need. You can include screwdrivers, a pocket knife, pliers, a wrench and whatever other tools you consider to be useful to have in your roadside safety kit.
7) Quart of Motor Oil:
The motor oil is a very important fluid to the car, and you should check your motor oil at least once a month. Having a quart of motor oil in your car can be useful if you notice that your motor oil is low while on the road. Your oil is low when it is below the line on the dipstick, and but having extra motor oil with you, you can easily add more motor oil as needed.
8) Ice Scraper:
Geared for the winter season, including an ice scraper in your roadside safety kit is an extremely useful item. When ice covers your car overnight and you need to be on the road in a jiffy, an ice scraper will be the best tool to have on hand. It can quickly scrape the ice or brush the snow off of windshield so you may drive with full visibility and not have to wait for the ice to melt off.
9) Duct Tape:
Another simple item, but a simple item that comes with great benefits. A roll of duct tape can go a long way, which is why it should be included in your roadside safety kit. If you notice you have a flat tire, or your side mirror was hit and needs to be secured, your go-to temporary fix is duct tape. Duct tape is very strong, and it can serve as your DIY solution for many things until you can get the problem fixed by a technician.
The comfiest item yet, keeping a warm blanket in your car is a practical item to include in your roadside safety kit. Whether it is snowing, raining, or just chilly before the heat kicks on in your car, having a blanket can help you feel more comfortable and safe. Especially in the case of an accident, when you don’t know how long you will be waiting on the side of the road, having a blanket to keep you warm can make all the difference.
Rick Case Honda Davie Wants You to Be Safe
At Rick Case Honda Davie, we want you to be safe and feel prepared for whatever may happen while on the road. Create your personalized and unique roadside safety kit and include our top ten essential items so you will be prepared if you are ever in an emergency situation.
Every Honda vehicle has the implemented Honda Safety Technology features available to provide extra safety in case of emergencies, which you can see for yourself by visiting our dealership today!
We are conveniently located at I-75 at Griffin Road 15700 Rick Case Honda Way, Davie, FL 33331. Stop by today and browse our latest inventory of our new, used, and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles and if you have any questions, we would love to talk you in person or on the phone at (954) 840-3871.