It never hurts to be prepared. Make sure you have these 10 essentials before hitting the road.
One sunny day, you’re driving your car along Highway 12, blaring your favorite song on the radio, when you hear a loud pop. Your car starts to wobble, and you pull to the side of the road to see what’s up.
It’s a flat tire. Suddenly, all your plans for the day have gone out the window…
Driving a car is about as predictable as a can of mixed nuts — you never know what you’re gonna get. That’s why you should keep a few essential items in your car at all times to help you deal with these unexpected events.
Here’s our list of 10 things every driver should have in his car:
- Owner’s manual — This should be in your glove compartment already, but take a look to make sure. Your owner’s manual provides a lot of useful information about your car. Never changed a tire before? Your owner’s manual can help.
- Old cell phone — Keep an old cell phone with a fully charged battery powered off in your car. A phone without a subscription can still be used to call 911. If your regular phone is dead, a backup phone could save your life.
- Blankets — Event though Louisiana stays pretty warm most the time, you may end up needing to spend the night in your car, if you’re stranded. Having a couple wool blankets in your trunk will help you and your passengers stay warm.
- Bottled water and food — You may be stuck somewhere for a while. Keep some bottled water and non-perishable, high-energy foods in your car, like nuts and power bars.
- Maps — Most of us use our phone or GPS navigation to get around these days, but you can’t put all your faith in these modern conveniences. You never know when they’re going to run out of battery power or malfunction. Be sure to have detailed maps of Louisiana with you.
- Pre-charged car battery jumper / tire pump – These are great to have for any road trip and they run off of their own battery power. Be the person that saves the day. And don’t forget booster cables!
- Flashlight — If you have ever had to change a flat tire at night without a flashlight, you’ll know why this item is a must. Always keep a fully charged flashlight and extra batteries in your car.
- First aid kit — This can be vital if you’re in an accident and somebody needs immediate attention. It’s usually best to wait for emergency services to arrive, but adverse conditions and traffic may delay their response time.
- Road flares — If you’re in an accident and it’s dark, road flares will help alert other drivers of your position, so you and your passengers can stay safe as you wait for assistance.
- Duct tape — This stuff is always handy to have around. Keep a roll in your trunk and use it for temporary fixes.
This is not an exhaustive list. Everybody’s needs will be a little bit different. But it’s definitely a good place to start.
One last thing, be sure you always have up-to-date copies of your auto insurance policy and vehicle registration in your glove compartment. You’ll need these if you’re in an accident. You can also call the claims number on your auto insurance ID card to request roadside assistance.
If your policy doesn’t include roadside assistance, then you owe it to yourself to request a free quote or give Guffey Insurance Agency, Inc. a call at (225) 291-4544. Our policies include full roadside assistance, which can be used in case of mechanical breakdowns, flat tires, running out of gas, key lockouts, dead batteries, towing, and more! Our friendly, experienced agents at Guffey Insurance Agency, Inc. will make sure you have all the auto coverage you need for any and all road trips.