When cars were first mass produced over a century ago, they weren't very reliable or powerful. Since then, they have been constantly improved upon as technology takes a more active role in today's society. Todays cars can get better than 25 MPG, (the national average), tow upwards of 10,000 pounds, and make it past 300,000 miles with nothing but routine maintenance and careful driving. However, vehicles both can and will still have issues from time to time, breakdowns when you're going to see family, flat tires on the way to work, and dead batteries when you need to get to the airport in half an hour. Because of this, it is a good idea to keep certain things in your car, whether to potentially save your life, or simply just to prevent annoying incidents. Here are 5 of the most important things to have in case of emergency.
We've all experienced it, that one time where you left your lights on and now your car doesn't want to even turn over. A pair of these jumper cables are probably what made your car start back up. These are very helpful for those times when accidents do happen. And the best part is, you can pick up a pair for around $10-$30.
Spare Tire and Jack
We all know what this is, a spare tire and jack kit. Maybe you've had to change a tire before and maybe you haven't, but either way, these come in useful for those times when you get something in your tire out on the road. The best part is, these are usually free with your car. Just remember to check the spare occasionally to prevent having it go flat.
Whether you drive a car or a truck, whether you live in Texas or Alaska, tire chains are a good idea. They provide a lot of traction on ice and snow and work well for gravel and dirt as well. They are pretty easy to install if you know what you are doing and they'll help prevent you from going into the ditch. A pair of these are decently expensive, anywhere from $50 and up but even having just 2 tires chained makes a huge difference.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is an important thing to have with you. These will help wounds heal and fight infection. If you got in a wreck in an area with no cell phone service, you'd need to be able to check yourself over for injuries. Having this along rather than relying on someone else coming along could just save your or someone else's life. A good first aid kit is not cheap, running anywhere from $50 to several hundred, but this is one of the most important items on this list
A good survival kit should contain many items such as food, a water purifier, fire starters, and warm and waterproof shelter. Weapons, methods to catch food, and ways to signal attention are also usually included. Many sites sell these kits or you could easily build one yourself for cheaper. Many of these kits are hundreds of dollars but could potentially save your life in the result of a breakdown in some of the Earth's inhospitable wild.
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