You hope never to end up stranded on the side of the road, but the chances are it will happen eventually. Being prepared for such an emergency will make it easier to get moving again and keep you calm during the process. Stow an emergency kit in your trunk with each of the items below, and be prepared to call for roadside assistance.
Car Emergency Kit Essentials
1. Spare Phone Charger
When you break down, you’ll need to call for roadside assistance or towing service. A spare phone charger with a precharged battery supply will allow you to charge your phone on the road and have the juice you need to call for help. Keep the number of your roadside assistance service in the glove compartment with the charger.
2. Flares or Triangles
Road flares or triangles warn oncoming traffic you’re on the side of the road so they can give you plenty of space. Have at least three of these items; place one directly behind your car, one 15-20 feet up the road, and another about 40 feet up the road. These give drivers time to move over. Even so, turn on your emergency flashers for extra visibility.
3. Food & Water
Your vehicle towing service will get to you as quickly as they can, but it may take a while to get the help you need — especially if you’re somewhere rural. Keep bottled water and nonperishable food on hand to keep everyone satisfied while they wait. Choose food that is filling and will keep well in your car. Good options include jerky, nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit.
When you’re in an accident or otherwise broken down, the right roadside assistance service will get you back on the road in no time. Platinum Towing and Transport offers assistance throughout the Greater St. Louis, MO, area, with quick response times and dependable service. Their professionals are available 24/7, so you’ll never be left without the help you need. Learn more on their website and call (314) 300-8694 to request a tow truck.