TIPS ON MAKING EMERGENCY ROADSIDE SAFETY KITS
Every driver has found themselves in a roadside jam, and let us be the first to tell you it's always wise to be prepared if ever you've got an emergency and help isn't near. At Riverview Lincoln, we firmly believe every driver should take the time to build themselves an emergency roadside safety kit that will best equip them to deal with any number of troubles. If you're based in or around Fredericton, NB, allow us to fill you in on everything worth knowing about car safety kits, and feel free to contact us for further details.
WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MY VEHICLE FOR ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES?
A car emergency kit comes in handy on long drives through remote areas, where service centres and gas stations may be harder to come by. Before we detail what you'll need for your kit, remember to always plan ahead and find out if you'll encounter any construction zones along your route. If you're in for a long haul, there's no need to fight fatigue; be sure to get some rest when you can to ensure that you'll stay alert throughout your journey.
If ever you're in a jam without a cellular signal or access to roadside assistance, your car emergency kit will prove invaluable. Winters can be harsh on this side of the border, so remember to equip your kit with the proper seasonal tools, as extreme weather can do a number on your battery and tire pressure, among other things.
WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT?
Emergency roadside safety kits should include everything you may need to both get through the night and patch up your vehicle until you can reach the nearest gas station or service centre for help. We recommend building your car safety kit with the following essentials:
- Jumper cables
- Portable battery with jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Blankets (or a space blanket)
- Roadside flares or triangle reflectors
- Tool kit with a wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, and a ratchet set
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Gloves (or nitrile gloves)
- Tire pressure gauge
- Tire inflator and sealant
- Motor oil
- Ice scraper
- Energy or granola bars
- Pen and paper
Once you've gathered these items for your car emergency kit, keep them in a spot where they won't move around during your drive, and make sure they're easily accessible, as you'll likely need them in a hurry. If you're not a DIY kind of driver, you can always look into buying a pre-assembled emergency roadside kit, and our Parts Centre staff will be happy to help. We boast a comprehensive stock of components and accessories to ensure that every one of our customers is prepared to brave anything.
If you'd like to pay us a visit for more valuable pointers or to begin building your emergency roadside safety kit, feel free to consult our Directions page for the most efficient route to our doors.