Equip Yourself for a Roadside Emergency

A prudent motorist should always be equipped to cope with the unfortunate breakdown or road crash

Ideally, you should have in your car:

  • A fully charged cellular phone – We advise getting an emergency app on your phone.
  • Always have a container with water for emergencies – either to drink or to clean the hands or the windscreen.
  • Keep a set of jumper cables and extra fluids for the car (such as windshield wiper fluid) in your trunk.
  • Prepare for unexpected breakdowns with gloves, a flashlight, and some basic hand tools.
  • An inexpensive raincoat is invaluable should a wheel change be required in bad weather.
  • Pack a first-aid emergency kit, pillow, blanket and a roll of toilet paper.
  • Red reflective triangles, at least one as is required by law.
  • Have a pen should you need to take down details you might not be able to record with your phone.
  • Always have some cash available.

Consider investing in a roadside assistance product.

Be aware of emergency and roadside assistance benefits available to you through your car insurance policy.

Also view:

Packing the Vehicle Safely for the Road Trip

Roadside Assistance and Road Safety

Emergency Medical Kit and Road Safety

Smartphone Apps and Road Safety

Changing a Tyre Safely next to the Road

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