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In the previous weeks, we’ve talked about emergency repair tips should your vehicle end up on the side of the road. Along those lines, Fife Towing would like to offer a list of emergency survival items that you should always have in your car during summer, or whatever the season may be.
- Water – An obvious choice, but you’d be surprised how many motorists do not carry extra water in the vehicles. If your car overheats, or if you are stranded on a hot day, water can literally be a lifesaver. How much you carry with you will depend on how much space you have, but make sure to have at least a few liters. Also, make sure to change the water at least twice a year to keep it fresh.
- Food – Make sure to have at least some nonperishable food items in your car at all times. A good choice might be a box of high-calorie fitness bars or some emergency food rations.
- Flashlight – You should always have at least one flashlight in your vehicle at all times. Make sure to put in new batteries at least once a year, or, go with a survival flashlight that uses a hand crank or shaking mechanism instead of batteries.
- Blanket – Even during the summer months many places can get very cold at night. A wool blanket works well, or you can get a space saving emergency Mylar blanket which retains 80-90% if your body heat.
- Lighter – It would probably be a worst case scenario if you ever needed a lighter, but if you found yourself broken down in the mountains with no cell phone service in the middle of the night, being able to start a campfire could be a lifesaver.
- First-Aid Kit – You should always have a first-aid kit in your vehicle.
It is always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Having these items in your vehicle will help you and your family should you find yourself in a pinch. You may also want to check out the services Fife Towing offers in case you do end up stranded somewhere, as we would be happy to help!