We hope that you never had any unpleasant situations in your driving career but you have to understand that accidents and emergencies are a part of the life of any motorist, and you never know what awaits you after the next turn. That is why you have to be prepared for anything that could happen on the road and be able to help yourself and other drivers in need.
Here are some helpful tools and items to carry in your car which can be the difference between life and death in case of an accident or emergency.
If something happens while driving at night, a flashlight is your best friend. In case your car is dead or you have crashed and broke the headlight, the flashlight is your only source of light. It is very usable for giving signals to other drivers, searching the area around the car or helping you fix the car if possible in night conditions. The flashlight should be kept in the glove box with batteries stored separately. This way, the batteries will be fresh when you need them.
2. Seatbelt Cutter and Windows Glass Breaker
In accidents or situations where the car gets stuck, it is possible for car doors to be jammed or seatbelt mechanisms to fail, leaving drivers stranded in the car. In cases like these, having a 2-in-1 Seatbelt Cutter and Window Glass Breaker can get you out of some hairy situations.
Some models of these tools even come with additional functions like torchlight.
3. Fire Extinguisher
Unfortunately, fire can be a result of an accident, and you want to be prepared for that. There are numerous compact fire extinguishers on the market and all of them are very practical and useful. However, do not keep it buried in your trunk or in some area that is hard to reach. Put it under the driver’s seat to be as close as it can be because in case of fire, every second is important and you want to have it in your hands as soon as possible. That is why you should always read the instructions and get to know it before you use it, since you don’t want to spend time reading its user manual while standing next to a burning car.
4.First Aid Kit
Often overlooked is the common first aid kit. It seems like an obvious item to have but many drivers do not carry one in their car. The first aid kit enables you to dress minor wounds and injuries if you ever get into accident. It also comes in handy if there are playful little monsters driving with you.
5. Mechanic Tools & Jump Starter Kit
If you have the technical know-how and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can get your car running with a set of tools and a jump starter kit. Having these tools available are helpful when you’re in a remote location or if you can’t wait for roadside assistance. In Singapore, this isn’t much of an issue. However, if you’re on a road trip in another country, you won’t go wrong having these on hand.
The following are tools that seem irrelevant due to the accessibility and connectivity in Singapore but good to have on road trips in other countries.
6. Emergency Blanket
An emergency blanket AKA space blanket is a metal-coated plastic sheet that sportsmen often use to keep warm. It can also be used to keep you warm in an emergency situation where you are forced to spend the night outdoors.
7. Food and Water Rations
Besides the emergency tools to be stored permanently in your car, do remember to get some food and water for emergency as well. Especially for people going on road trips, it is important to have food and water available to keep your energy levels up in case of an emergency. You should be stocking up on items like energy bars that have a long shelf life.
All these tools or items might sound silly and not relevant to you at this point in time. However, it is essential to prepare for times of emergency especially when you travel using the car regularly at night.