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8 Safety Items To Have In Your Car For A Road Trip
Looking for some road trip safety items for your next getaway? Travel Noire’s got you covered!
Nothing is worse than going on a road trip and not having what you need in case of an emergency. The little things we don’t always think about can end up saving our lives.
Believe it or not, there are so many people who are not prepared for road emergencies.
A study by Finance Buzz revealed that 58 percent of people have some emergency supplies in their cars, but only 30 percent are confident that it’s enough.
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Men, unfortunately, are better equipped than women as 67 percent of men have emergency supplies in their vehicles. Only 49 percent of women responded that they have emergency tools in their car.
Whether you’re a frequent road tripper or trying something new, here’s a list of eight safety items to have in your car.
First Aid Kit For The Car
It’s hard to think about everything you may need in an emergency when taking a road trip. A group of medical experts came up with a first-aid kit fit for the road, so that’s one less thing you have to think about.
This FSA-eligible first aid kit is equipped with every need, including at home or outdoors, to deal with trauma injuries that could ultimately be lifesaving.
Trust those with lived experience when we say you don’t want to be caught without the tools you need if you’re ever in a car emergency. One of those tools is a car jack, which lifts your vehicle and allows you to change tires or perform repairs.
Remember, you’re always better off, and it’s easier to get help when you have the necessary tools.
Tire Inflator and Pressure Gauge
This should be a mandatory tool in your trunk during your road trip, as it allows you to check your tires before a tire blowout.
We’re choosing the Jaco FloPro mainly because it’s a two-in-one device that’s easy to use with its digital gauge. It checks the tire pressure and allows you to inflate your tires.
Heavy Duty Jumper Cables
All jumper cables are not made the same, so it’s best to spend a little more money on a pair that are good quality. Better quality cables will help you go the extra mile … pun intended … when you need it. More importantly, the lines you buy should withstand extreme environments, which is why these THICKPOs are the way to go.
Your first aid kit will come with a foil blanket, which is used to prevent hypothermia by helping you retain your body heat. These emergency blankets are even better for protection.
Not only can these heat sheets be used for emergency shelter and sleeping bags, but they also can be used for cold, wet, or hot weather conditions.
Emergency Reflector Triangles
Another small but lifesaving tool is the emergency reflector triangles by Cartman. These reflectors, which the U.S. Department of Transportation approves, warn motorists of roadside trouble.
It’s a simple device that keeps you, your loved ones, and other passengers safe and alert.
STEGODON Traction Mats
Did you know you can use traction mats for snow, sand and mud? Good traction mats help prevent your car from sliding backward. The mats will also help you get out if you’re stuck.
Car Repair Guide
None of these matters if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re looking for a how-to-guide in the middle of nowhere without phone towers for service, you will be glad you purchased this book.
It’s a how-to-guide that puts repairs in layman’s terms for those who know nothing about cars or repairs.