7 Things You Should Always Have in Your Car in Case of an Emergency

Summertime is the best time of the year. When the weather is nice, and people are always itching to get away and enjoy the sunshine. And nothing says summer like a good old fashioned road trip! So wherever you’re heading this summer, make sure you aren’t caught off guard by a collision or break down. Here are some tips from us at Keenan Collision Center to ensure you can get through these unpleasant situations as easily as possible:

1. A Spare Fully Charge Cell Phone
We almost always have our normal cell phones on us, but what happens if you break down and your cell phone is dead? Or you left it at home today of ALL days? Don’t get caught in a sticky situation when the solution is sitting home in a junk drawer! Did you know that your old cell phones are able to call 911 even if they aren’t activated? All cellular carriers are required by law to connect any phone to 911 in case of emergency. So throw that ancient flip phone in your glove compartment and give yourself the peace of mind knowing it’s there!

2. Roadside Flares and/or a Reflective Triangle
When you’re sitting on the side of the road, you can never be too careful about making your presence known to other drivers. This is especially true at night or when the weather conditions are less than favorable. To avoid any potential clips or collisions, always keep some roadside flares and reflective triangles in your car. They usually come in small packages you can pick up at the store, so they are usually easy to squeeze into a side pocket or trunk.

3. Jumper Cables
You’ll never regret having a pair of these bad boys with you, whether you’re using them on yourself or being a good Samaritan and helping some else. People aren’t perfect. Sometimes we leave things on and forget, like when we’re jumping out of the car to watch a game or we’re running late to work. When you have a pair of jumper cables, you’ll never be caught off guard when a dreaded car battery death occurs.

4. A First Aid Kit
One can never be too prepared for emergencies, big or small. If you need to patch up a big wound after an accident or simply put a Band-Aid on a booboo for your five year old, your first aid kit will have everything you need. You can buy a first aid kit for about $20 or less, or you can even make your own! Make sure to check that you have everything you need in your first aid kit before you put it in your car. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even make a personal first aid kit out of an old Altoids tin!

5. Water Bottles and Snacks
When you’re broken down (especially in the middle of nowhere) it can take hours for help to arrive. And we all know there is nothing worse than sitting on the side of the road in the summer sun. So while you wait, always have a few bottles of water or granola/energy bars stashed away just in case. In the summer months dehydration can be deadly, so having a water supply is especially important.

6. A Life Hammer
This tool can be the difference between life and death. If you ever need to escape from a sinking or flipped car, with the Life Hammer you can cut through your seatbelt and smash out your windows so you are able to free yourself from a life threatening situation. You can purchase this handy device online, and some hard ware stores carry them as well.

7. A Flash Light
Having a flashlight with you during a break down will be extremely helpful, especially at night. Whether you’re trying to find the source of the awful sound your car is making, exchanging insurance information after an accident, or trying to put on a spare tire, a flashlight will make your life much easier.

If your car is damaged after an accident, Keenan Collision Center in Doylestown, PA is here to help you get your car back on the road as quickly as possible and looking better than ever! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us about a repair, you can contact us via our website or by phone at (215) 345-6800.