Some Helpful Items to Store in Your Car in Case of Emergency

January 14th, 2013 by

Accidents do happen, as the saying goes, and unfortunately that applies more than ever to your life on the road. When they can’t be avoided, it’s important that you have all the essentials on hand to get you through the day. Your friends here at Cox Mazda in Bradenton, FL want to help you out by advising you how to keep your car prepared for any scenario. Some of these items may seem like overkill, but if your car breaks down on the side of the road you’ll be thankful you have them.

Car Care

It’s important to stay on top of routine maintenance to keep your vehicle running in peak condition, but even well-oiled machines breakdown sometimes. To be ready for such a misfortune, jumper cables should be stored in your car at all times. While you’re at it, make sure to bone up on how to properly jump a car. In your trunk, it may also help to have an extra quart of motor oil in case you find you’re slowly leaking some in transit. It also helps to have a cloth rag to check your oil periodically during some of the more taxing road trips. Get a tire pressure gauge as well — theyare absurdly compact and can be kept in glove compartments so that you can keep an eye on your tire levels. And, if you need to do any of these tasks at night, it’s important that you have a flashlight in your glove compartment or near the driver’s seat.

Basic Safety

Walking through parking lots, you may find that some people leave some prize belongings right out in the open on the passenger’s seats, announcing to the world that they own valuable items behind very breakable glass. If you have some valuables that you’re transporting and they can’t fit in the trunk, it’s always good to keep a large blanket to cover it. It’s also wise to keep some basic medical supplies in your glove compartment, like bandages and aspirin. You’ll never know when you’ll have to treat a wound from warding off zombies by the interstate, or, more likely, put some cream on a paper cut you got from checking your map.

Always Be Prepared

There are always varying degrees of preparedness when it comes to driving a car. Some people go so far as having a bike pump in their trunk for when their tires are low, and others keep emergency rations just in case they’re broken down in the middle of nowhere. Here at Cox Auto we do our best to make sure your driving experience is an easy one, and if you need any more ideas you are always welcome to visit our dealership and ask any of our expert staff members.

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