5 Things You Need to Keep in Your Vehicle
On Sunday, February 21, a man was pulled from his vehicle in Memphis, Tennessee just moments before the his Jeep bursted into flames. A Memphis police officer was able to help the driver get out of the vehicle just in time. The vehicle was totally destroyed by the flames but one thing on the passenger’s seat wasn’t: a Bible. Witnesses at the scene called it a sign of divine intervention.
While it’s a blessing that this man escaped harm, it reminds us of the importance of being prepared for emergencies.
Before you go flying down I-20, here are 5 safety tools you need to have in your vehicle.
First Thing’s First: First Aid Kit
Some vehicles come with first aid kits but if your vehicle doesn’t have one, it’s important for you to get one. You should obviously keep bandaids in the kit, along with antibiotic ointment and gauze, but here are some uncommon items you should keep in the kit to keep you and your family safe:
- A list of emergency phone numbers, including your doctor’s
- A list of your family’s medications
- Any medical forms necessary to allow you or your family to be treated
There are various kinds of safety hammers you can keep in your car for safe measure, built to help you escape a vehicle. The hammers can break windows and cut through jammed seat belts to help you escape a vehicle. There are plenty of options below $50, making it a tool every family should keep. The important thing to remember, however, is to keep the hammer in-reach; keep it in the middle console of your vehicle instead of the glovebox to ensure that the tool is easily accessible.
There are inexpensive tire sealants in stores that help you when you have a flat tire. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road and tire sealants help you avoid having to change your tire; they inflate and seal your flat tire for a temporary fix. Get to a tire repair shop as soon as possible because these sealants aren’t a permanent solution.
Think Bright: Warning Flares or Signs
Make sure to keep warning flares or emergency warning triangles in your vehicle. If you have to pull over to the side of the road because of an emergency, setting up these indicators will help warn drivers that there’s a car on the shoulder ahead, and it can help get people’s attention for assistance.
Your Vehicle’s Manual
Every vehicle comes with the manufacturer’s manual, telling you everything about your vehicle. You should keep this with you in the vehicle at all times because the information it provides is important. One of the most useful parts of the manual is the guide to the warning lights on your dashboard.
Being prepared for emergencies on the road can help you in desperate times. Thankfully an officer helped the man in Memphis out of the car in time, but a safety hammer may be the difference between life and death in another accident. If you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident because of a reckless or drunk driver, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation. We’re dedicated to providing you with the best legal counsel in East Texas.