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11.06.2015 - 22:32

What You Need to Know In Order to Survive a Roadside Emergency

Being involved in a roadside emergency can mean that there might be lives on the line. Make sure you are ready by taking the proper precautions...

The first rule of surviving a roadside emergency is to prepare beforehand. Preparation helps keep the natural panic that occurs in an emergency situation from getting out of control. The mental preparation of imagining ways out of various emergency scenarios helps keep your mind clear and ready when an emergency really does occur. The right tools, alongside proper mental and physical preparation, can save your life.

 

The Basics

Having a complete roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times is absolutely essential. A good emergency kit should at the very least include a complete first aid kit, battery jumper cables, a spare tire, a small tire jack, some towing rope, tire chains, a shovel and a flashlight. With these basic tools, 90% of minor roadside emergencies become manageable.

 

Tires Flat? Not For Long

A flat tire is the most common form of roadside emergency, and one that most drivers are prepared to deal with. But what if two, three or all four tires go out and roadside assistance cannot get to you and your vehicle? At least one spare tire is a necessity, but you also need to have battery-powered air compressor and a tire patch kit in case more than one tire goes flat. Nowadays, air compressors are small, lightweight and can plug into your vehicle's cigarette lighter, so there's no reason not to have one.

 

Getting Help

The ability to flag down help can mean the difference between life and death. A full emergency roadside kit should include a hand charger for your cellphone, as well as a whistle and several flares. In addition to protecting you from the elements, a high-visibility raincoat can be used to signal for help, as well.

 

In Case Help Is Slow to Arrive

It is possible that you could be stuck for days before help arrives, so in addition to the equipment listed above, a full roadside emergency kit should include up to a week's worth of water and food, as well as a thermal blanket. A flint or some waterproof matches can keep you from freezing to death in harsh winter, although fire is dangerous, so only start one if you absolutely must.

 

The key to surviving a roadside emergency is to prepare ahead of time. A few good tools and the knowledge of how to use them can mean the difference between life and death in a roadside emergency situation. Have the means to call for help and the wherewithal to wait for it to arrive. If you have been injured as a result of negligence then getting taken care of financially should be high on the list of things to do. Contacting an attorney from The Lucky Law Firm can mean a world of difference for an injured party.

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