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Whether it be a dead car battery, flat tire,
mechanical issue, electrical issue or
something else, it pays to be
prepared.

If you find yourself in an emergency
situation it is always important
to remain calm and to not panic.
It is a good idea if possible to contact
someone you know and let them
know your situation and location.

If you can't contact someone you know
call your roadside emergency service
or 911.


When traveling long distances you
should have these items in your car:

Basic first aid kit

Emergency phone numbers
(roadside assistance, etc.)


Flashlight (with spare batteries)

Car cell phone charger

Road flares and reflective triangles

Jumper cables

Duct tape

Gloves and a blanket

Rain ponchos or umbrellas

Yellow Reflective Safety vests

Bottled water

Energy snacks

Paper towels

Reading material such as a book
or magazine

Extra packs of cigarettes if you smoke

Portable radio with spare batteries

ABC Fire extinguisher

Ice scraper & snow brush
 
Small shovel and a bag of kitty litter
or rock salt

Candles

Use the candles at night to light your
location and provide some heat in the
car between running your engine/heater.
Remember safety first when using
candles in the car.

It's very important that make
yourself and your car
highly visible.
This is a good time to put on your
yellow reflective safety vest,
lift the hood of your car and put
on your 4-ways.
Set up your reflective triangles or
flares to warn oncoming traffic.





One of the most common roadside
emergencies is a flat tire.
Driving with a slow leaking tire is
dangerous, especially at freeway
speeds.

The slow leak could be caused
anywhere from a nail in the tire or
a bent rim.
The tire and rim should be looked
at by your mechanic as soon as the
leak is noticed.
Otherwise if the tire does happen to
fail while you are driving, causing a
blowout, you could lose control
of your car causing injury to
yourself and others.

If you can replace the tire yourself,
make sure that you have a good
jack and the proper lug wrench
on hand.
If you have to pull over, try to
find the safest location away from
traffic.

Tire sealants like Fix-A-Flat is only
useful if you've got a slow leak in
the tire or a small hole, and provide
a temporary solution until you can
drive to a safe location to change your
tire or get to the shop to have it
repaired or changed.

Fix-A-Flat works by injecting a liquid
sealant into your flat tire to seal the leak,
and a gas to fill the rest of the tire.

The sealant leaves a big mess inside,
its liquids creates cobweb like slime
which gets around inside the tire,
and it's a real hassle for the mechanic
to get all of it off the tire and rim
when they do a tire repair, especially
if it's dried on.

Tire sealants are especially bad in
the Winter, it can freeze inside your
tire, knocking your wheel out of
balance.

You are much better off just
changing the tire if you can
safely do so, or if you have a
Roadside assistance like AAA,
they will come out and help you.