July 4 week-end is not only a time for bar-b-ques and fireworks—it is also a great time for a road trip. AAA estimates that close to 42 million people will travel more than 50 miles over Fourth of July week-end. With that many people on the roads, it is wise to prepare for the unexpected, whether that is a closed road, a flat tire, or a car accident. Attorneys recommend that drivers carry all required documentation including car registration and insurance forms. Safety experts recommend that drivers carry a roadside emergency kit.
What is an emergency roadside kit for cars?
A roadside emergency kit is exactly what the name describes— it is an organized, useable set of supplies and equipment that might be needed for an emergency like a blown tire or a car crash. Depending on the season and location, an emergency kit might contain weather related supplies or survival supplies. For example, when driving through deserts where there are few places to stop, extra water for the car and for the people in the car is recommended.
Basic contents for automobile emergency kits
At a minimum, drivers should keep the following items in their cars:
- Properly inflated spare tire
- Car jack
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
In addition to the items above, a roadside emergency kit should include:
- Flashlight and batteries
- Emergency reflectors
- Roadside flares
- Extra fuses
- Tire inflator
- Tire pressure gauge
- Bungee cords
- Cable ties
- Nylon rope
- Duct tape
- Rain poncho
- Paper towels
- Spray bottle with washer fluid
- Protective gloves
- A blanket
- Bottled water
- Nonperishable food like granola or energy bars
Preparing for a road trip
Roadside emergency kits should be checked at least twice a year and before every major road trip. Periodic checks ensure items are still usable in an emergency. During a periodic check, replace expired items, inflate tires if needed, replace or repair worn items.
Before a road trip, program cell phones with emergency contact information and insurance information. In addition, place emergency contact cards in the car. These cards should contain the same contact and emergency information that is programmed into phones.
It is also wise to keep in the car a pamphlet or tip sheet saying what to do in the event of an automobile car accident. After a traumatic event like a car crash, even a minor one, drivers often can’t remember all the things they should do, including when to call the California Highway Patrol or local police and what information to collect from another driver.
If a car crash occurs, drivers and accident victims may need the advice of a lawyer experienced in handling auto accident cases. Car accident attorney Jaime G. Monteclaro provides free consultations about auto collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, call attorney Jaime G. Monteclaro today at 562-865-9356 for your free consultation.