Emergency Preparedness and Response, Transportation

How to Prepare for and Handle Roadside Emergencies

Many of us embark on some type of journey on the road daily, opening the door to unforeseen circumstances that could potentially change our lives.

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It only takes one time to understand the importance of preparing for roadside emergencies—one time to encounter the potential dangers you open yourself up to as a driver. Unfortunately, this one time can lead to crucial consequences for those who aren’t prepared.

Who Should Prepare for Potential Dangers on the Road?

Everyone. No matter who you are, if you drive unprepared, you are 10 steps behind the potential danger. Sadly, our world is not a perfect place, and there are people out there who search for those who are vulnerable.

As mentioned, anyone can be a victim. A study found that 43% of aggravated assault victims in public places (parking lots and garages) are males. Many assailants will hide out, watching those who are distracted or unprepared to handle an attacker. Usually, these victims are alone and not equipped with proper gear. Below, we list 15 items you should keep in your car to stay safe in any given situation.

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Lifesaving Items to Keep in the Trunk

Jumper Cables

You accidentally left a light on in your car and are now stuck in the middle of a dark parking lot. You can bounce out of the situation quickly if you have your own jumper cables on hand. Remember, red connects to positive, and black connects to negative.

Canned Instant Tire Inflator

Pop! Your tire has gone flat. There’s no need to stress when you have a can of instant tire inflator in your trunk. This tool is easy to use, but make sure it’s in the upright position when using it.

Warm Blanket and Gloves

If your car breaks down during the cold winter months, you’ll be thankful you have a blanket and gloves to warm you.

First-Aid Kit

When a small emergency arises, such as allergies or a fall, quickly get back on your feet with a first-aid kit. Make sure to include any medications you might need, Band-Aids®, rubbing alcohol, ointment, etc.

Heavy-Duty Rope

Stuck in deep sand? Heavy-duty rope can help pull you out. You’ll need another car to assist you, but have that car tow at a slow and steady pace.

Flags and Flares

Being stuck on the road at night is dangerous because passing cars may not see you. With flags and flares, you can notify others where you are.
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