While there are many great emergency kits available at your local auto parts store, big-box store, or even at a home improvement center, most don’t contain even the essential resources that you might require in an urgent situation. Breaking down on the side of the road, a dead car battery in a shopping mall parking lot, a collision involving another driver or wildlife – these types of incidents can all be hazardous if you aren’t adequately prepared. Industry experts recommend that vehicle owners, particularly those who live and drive in the New England states, have seasonal items included and the standard roadside assistance safety equipment. While we all hope that we will never have to use them and will ultimately toss them out when they expire, it is better to be prepared and not need it than to need it and not have it.
The Basics: What You Need
As you begin to create your custom road safety kit, it pays to consider the basics – those items that you usually find in a roadside kit. Those basics should include vehicle emergency items, such as plastic orange safety triangles to warn other drivers that you are parked alongside the road and flares, which help you to be seen at night or during bad weather conditions. LaCava Auto Parts and Services carries a wide variety of vehicle safety tools and equipment that you can use to build your custom kit. You should also have a basic first-aid kit and a flashlight. Pack in some extra batteries for the flashlight with an extended expiration date to make sure you are prepared. Check your gear before placing it in the trunk of your vehicle to make sure that everything is in good condition and working correctly.
Other basics include jumper cables and a multi-purpose tool. You might also pack in a basic toolkit that will provide you with metric or standard tools based on the type of vehicle that you own. This will help you to make adjustments or minor repairs on the roadside or have tools available for anyone that might stop to help and get your vehicle back up-and-running again. You can get all of these items at our Fall River car parts and accessories store. Check your vehicle to find out if you have a full-size spare tire or a temporary tire that you might be able to use in the future to get to a repair shop or tire store if you get a flat on the road. Make sure there is a jack, crowbar, and other necessary equipment to change the tire. Then, take time to learn how to change a tire if you don’t already know-how. This will give you the confidence to change a tire under emergency conditions.
Seasonal Items to Include
Depending on the time of year, there will be other items that you should include in your kit. When you visit your local auto parts store, consider picking up ice scrapers, shovels, and other tools that can be used to help dig you out of a snowbank or get some traction on the ice. Rain ponchos and replacement windshield wipers, along with an umbrella and other rainy day gear, can also be extremely helpful to have on hand. Boots that you can put on to get out in the rain, snow, or ice can also be stowed in the trunk, along with an emergency blanket, extra coat or sweater, gloves, and handwarmer products to keep you from freezing or getting too wet when outside of your vehicle. Think of everything you might need to survive for several hours in the spring rains, summer heat, fall rain and wind, or winter snow and ice. The more you can plan ahead, the better equipped you will be for any conditions.
Consider creating separate plastic bins that can be moved in and out of your trunk depending on the season. A summer bin might include a battery-powered handheld fan, extra sunscreen, an umbrella to keep you out of the sun, and bottles of water to keep you hydrated. A winter bin should include warm clothing, water bottles and energy bars, your ice scrapers and collapsible shovels, mechanic’s gloves, and anything else that you can use to get your vehicle back up-and-running while staying warm and dry. The more you know about what to expect from Southeastern Massachusetts weather, the easier it will be to plan for any eventuality during your trip, drive, or commute. Having separate seasonal bins makes it easy to transfer the appropriate items from your garage into your vehicle so you will always be prepared.
Visit LaCava Auto Parts and Services
If you are creating your own custom roadside emergency kit, stop by our auto parts store to get many items on your list. Family owned and operated, LaCava Auto Parts and Services offers a wide range of parts, products, and accessories to help you effectively maintain and protect your vehicle. If you need auto parts in Fall River, MA, make sure to stop by our location on Bedford Street or give us a call at 508-676-1951 to speak with one of our friendly customer service team members.