Tune-up Your Spring Safety Kit
Apr 05, 2016
It’s National Car Care Month, which marks a great time to refresh one of the most important items in your vehicle, the roadside safety kit.
Ridgeland Tire and Auto is here to help you prepare for the new driving season with auto care advice to help you stay on the road longer and much safer. Here are a few tips to help ensure your safety kit is equipped to help you in case of an emergency this spring and summer:
Replace Your Winter Gear
Take any fleece materials out of your car such as heavy blankets. It’s getting warm outside so there’s no need to have these anymore. Replace them with lighter materials or blankets, in case of an emergency.
You can probably take any jackets or extra clothing out of your safety kit until the fall/winter season. However, if you keep any extra clothing in your kit, it may be beneficial to keep a poncho in your vehicle in the case of spring showers.
Under the Hood
Keep your jumper cables in your kit. They are one of the most important pieces of your roadside safety kit, in case your battery needs a boost.
A great pair of working gloves is always essential. You want to be able to protect your hands in case you have to boost your car or go under the hood.
In addition to your gloves, shop cloths or towels are also great for your roadside safety kit. In case of an emergency, you’ll need them to fix or repair, change and hold parts or clean any spills that may occur in an emergency.
A Few More Practical Points
Your car doesn’t know the difference between night and day when there is a problem. Keeping a heavy duty flashlight in your vehicle with extra batteries for illumination at night is always a practical idea that could mean all the difference to your safety at night.
Duct tape should live in your kit. It can work as a temporary fix for breaks or cracks. For example, if you get into an accident and your bumper temporarily detaches from the car, you can use it as a fix.
In case you experience a scratch or wound of some sort during your road side emergency, a first-aid kit may help while you wait for assistance.
Speaking of being healthy during your emergency, staying hydrated is crucial in warm weather so make sure to keep water bottles in your kit along with non-perishable food items so you can stay nourished as you wait for assistance.
Restock wiper fluid to clean bugs and grime to ensure proper visibility.
An additional tip that can make all the difference when you experience a roadside emergency is keeping your cell phone (with a wireless cell phone charger) and your vehicle insurance readily available this spring or summer.
Make sure your car is in great shape this spring by visiting us for maintenance tips.
You can also visit us online for automotive care advice such as checking your tire pressure and tread depth to help prevent emergencies in the future.