Have you ever thought about the things to have in your car in case an emergency happens? How many people even think about auto roadside emergencies? What about preparing for an auto roadside emergency? While people do think about these things from time to time, it's probably not on the top of most people's list.
Today we are going to talk about the top 10 things to have in your car in case you have an auto roadside emergency. Being prepared can save time, money and headaches so our goal today is to help you easily prepare for auto roadside emergencies with the top 10 things to have in your car at all times.
Before moving forward, we want to state that you should never rely on your cell phone to help you in an emergency situation. Cell phones can lose signal, their battery can die or they can get damaged and broken in an auto accident. It's always best to be prepared for these situations in case you can't use your cell phone.
10 things to have in your car: The list...
While you could certainly have more than 10 things in your car to help with unexpected roadside emergencies, today we are going to focus on 10 of the best things to keep in your car at all times. We also want to state that you can not always rely on your cell phone in case a roadside emergency happens. According to Men's Health, these include:
While some of these seem obvious, others may not be as much. Either way, we are going to discuss each a bit more so you understand their importance.
10 things to have in your car: Siphon Pump, gas can, and water bottles...
These three are pretty obvious, right? Running out of gas can be a real headache. It get's even worse if you don't have a way to get gas or store it. Well, that is what the siphon pump and gas can help with. If you are not aware, a siphon pump allows pumping gas from another car if necessary and a gas can allow you to store the siphoned gas or gas from a gas station.
These come in real handy if you ever get stuck in a remote area and a stranger helps you. If you get a ride from a stranger to the nearest gas station, the gas can helps you get the gas back to your vehicle safely.
The water is necessary to keep you and your passengers hydrated in case you get stuck in a remote area with no one or stores around. Believe it or not, this happens more than you think it does and it can happen to you as well.
10 things to have in your car: Tire traction mats, reflective triangles, blankets...
These may not seem as obvious as the first three items. We are going to talk about tire traction mats in greater detail in a bit.
Reflective triangles help inform drivers that a vehicle is pulled over or stranded ahead of them and possibly in need of assistance. These are especially useful at night when it becomes much harder to see. These can help prevent injury or possibly even loss of life to stranded motorists that might be sitting or standing outside a vehicle that is near the roadway.
Blankets are critical to keep in your car in the winter months in case your vehicle gets stranded and it's imperative to stay warm. Don't always count on your car's engine keeping you warm because you may run out of gas (especially if you get stuck for a long period).
10 things to have in your car: Cash, jumper cables, flashlight and duct tape...
The last four items are also great things to have in your car. Cash is always great so you can tip any stranger that may stop and help you. Also, believe it or not, there are still gas stations that do not accept credit cards so it's always good practice to keep cash on hand at all times.
Jumper cables can get you out of a jam really fast in case your car battery dies. These can easily help jump start your car and get you back on the road if a stranger stops to help you. We also recommend having a portable car battery charger in your car. These have a built-in battery pack that will jump start your car and the great thing about them is that you don't need the help of a stranger.
A flashlight is great to have so that you don't have to rely on your cell phone camera flash. Remember when we talked about cell phone battery die? Have a real flashlight in your can and you don't have to worry about that happening.
We've all seen cars on the road with duct tape on them holding something together right? If you get in a fender bender or run off the road and hit something, duct tape can come in very handy to possibly help keep your car together so you can get it to the repair shop. Don't underestimate how useful duct tape can so always keep it in your car.
Although these were not on the list, we also recommend keeping a sport utility shovel and portable tire inflator in your car at all times as well.
10 things to have in your car: Remember when we said we would talk about tire traction mats in more detail?
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I have been looking for something besides chains to use in the snow and ice when I get stuck. Will these work well for getting yourself out of a ditch? Unfortunately a few years ago I got into a pickle with my truck, snow and a ditch. I didn't have chains at the time and I was trying to use a 2x4 and some rocks I found. These tire traction mats might be just what I need. It's way easier than putting on chains. Thanks for the video, that was very helpful.
Date: 3/28/2018 6:40:00 PM
Hey Steve, thanks for commenting. Yes, our product works great and they are very simple to use compared to chains and other tire traction device. We sell these to the largest commercial fleet companies in the US and 1000 of retail customers as well. They work in snow, ice, mud, sand even DITCHES. Here is a review from one of your customers that got stuck in a ditch...
Melinda C. - "Love it!! Two days after we received it, we got our truck stuck in deep gravel, at an angle, up against some shrubbery. The more we tried to get unstuck, the more stuck we became. We placed the Portable Tow Truck under the outside rear wheel and BINGO!! The truck backed out with no problem at all. It saved us a big towing bill!!! Great product. A peace of mind that's very easy to carry around. I highly recommend it. A big fan"
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I used to keep water in my car all of the time when I lived up north. The problem I encountered was that the water was frozen solid from mid-October until the end of March. Short of starting a fire in an emergency, have you seen anything to help with this kind of issue?
Date: 3/28/2018 9:16:00 PM
Hey Steve, thanks for commenting. Yes, that is a problem with water especially in areas that stay very cold for an extended period of time. I’m not quite sure on how one would combat that. Possibly a insulated cooler?
Great article! I spent a couple of years travelling round Australia a while back and to be honest I didn't have even half of the things on your list. Stupid I know!! The amount of times my battery went flat and wouldn't start was unbelievable.
And yes one time I accidently drove onto some while turning around, that was my 3 tonne campervan stuck for hours. Back wheels just spinning in the loose sand, hence why I'm here looking for some traction mats for my next expedition. Is there a weight limit on these?
Date: 3/29/2018 12:44:00 PM
Hey Anthony, thanks for commenting. Man, I love Australia especially the Northeast region around Port Douglas. Yes, most people don't think about what to keep in their car in case an emergency happens but we should. As far as our tire traction mats, they do not have a weight limit. They work on all vehicles including cars, trucks, vans and commercial fleet vehicles like big box trucks, dump trucks, and 18 wheelers. We currently sell these to the largest commercial fleet vehicle companies in the US and 1000s of retail customers. We'd love to have you as a customer so if I can answer any more questions please let me know. Safe travels!
I am 21 now and I got my license at 16, so I have been driving for quite some time now. Since then, I have never been in a car accident (*knock on wood), but I know I still have much to learn. Currently, I do not carry tire traction mats with me. Your advice, though, has convinced me otherwise. I do not want want to get stuck in the mud and be unable to get out.
I do have a question though. What has been the average rating of the mats you recommend? It is good to hear that these mats have worked for Ann-Lynn B, but the experience of others, even if minimal, would be quite beneficial to know. I look forward to hearing your answer.
Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!
Date: 3/30/2018 10:05:00 AM
Hey Alex, thanks for commenting. You can see more reviews from our Review page at www.ThePortableTowTruck.com and also from our Amazon listings when you click through via our Buy Now page. We sell these to the largest commercial fleet vehicle companies yearly and we have 1000s of retail customers as well. We think this is a real testament to the quality and effectiveness of our product. We would love to have you as a customer so let me know if I can answer any more questions. Thanks, Curtis.