Cars are so much a part of our day-to-day that we barely think about
them anymore. However, that doesn't stop them from behind a primary
contributor to hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
As such you need to be extra careful when you're making plans involving
your car, and there are certain things you should always have on hand
for those unpredictable situations where you're in an emergency.
First things first, make sure that your car emergency lights function
properly. Your hazard lights, as they're called, are your first line of
defense when there's an emergency on the road, and you should check them
periodically to be sure that the flashers function. If there are any
troubles then you should definitely replace the bulbs and, if necessary,
have your electrical connections checked so that you have full warning
Beyond your car emergency lights though, you should also be sure that
you have some very basic emergency equipment in your trunk. Emergency lights for vehicles
should include road flares, flashlights (the strong
kind that you can see through the rain), and if at all possible one of
the orange cones that you can put over the top of a flashlight so that
people can see it more easily. These emergency lights for vehicles
should be regularly tested as well, at least once per year or so. Much
like fire extinguishers, if you leave your lights for too long then when
you finally do really need them, they won't be functional and it will
be a lot like you'd never had them in the first place.
In addition to all of the emergency light capability in case of an
accident or other automotive problem, you should also be sure that you
have a proper amount of reflective gear
on hand in your vehicle.
Reflective gear can include a poncho with reflectors on it, but it might
also include small road signs with reflectors on them to help guide
traffic around a stalled or failed vehicle. These let drivers know that
there's a problem, and they have been trained by society to follow
reflective lines away from vehicles so as to avoid as much damage as
These are just a few options that you should be sure to have available
in whatever vehicle you're driving. You should keep all of your
emergency preparedness equipment
in a small, tightly packed kit that you
can fit into a bin in the trunk or even in the driver's side door if
needs be. This way you have everything you need, and you still have room
for all the other cargo space you've set aside for when you need it.