Is your vehicle safely equipped for a breakdown or other roadside emergency? With the change in seasons, now is the perfect time to assess your readiness and stock the items you’ll need to handle summer misfortunes behind the wheel.
Make sure you keep your vehicle stocked with plenty of water — especially during the warmer months. That way, you and your passengers won’t run the risk of dehydration if you get stranded on a hot day. Prepare for a summer car emergency by stashing some bottled water in the trunk or buying emergency water pouches for the glove compartment.
Protection from the sun
Take steps now to limit your exposure to the sun if you get stuck on the side of the road. If you have to stay inside the vehicle, sun shades for the windows and windshield are essential. You may also want to consider purchasing a pop-up sun shelter for outside the vehicle. If there’s a first-aid kit in your car (and there should be), make sure it’s stocked with sunscreen.
Other essential emergency tools
Keeping the right tools on hand will make your summer emergency much less stressful. For flats or blowouts, make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and inflated spare tire. A portable charger can keep a dead battery from ruining your day. You should also have warning devices like flares or safety triangles so other drivers can more easily see your stranded vehicle.
Even if you’re prepared for a summer car emergency, keeping up with regular maintenance can help you avoid one altogether. If your vehicle is due for service, contact our service department here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.