13 Essential Items to Always Have in Your Car
Legal funding is useful if you’ve been in a car accident. It can cover the cost of your case plus your living expenses, including rent and food expenses, if you can’t work. Nonetheless, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies. Several essential items should be available whether you drive locally or long distances.
Tire Equipment: At the very least, keep a pressure gauge handy. A tire inflater/sealer enables you to plug a leak, so you can reach the nearest shop, but a spare tire is important as well. Even if you have a flat, you can get a few more miles to the nearest service location.
- Owner’s Manual: Your vehicle’s manual has all the information needed to maintain and service your car. It provides instructions on quick fixes, so you can get to the shop.
- Jumper Cables: A dead car battery can be boosted with the power of another to jump start your vehicle.
- Portable Charger: A portable battery charger can get your car going if it won’t start. Also keep a USB charger handy for your cell phone or tablet.
- Battery-Operated Flashlight: If your car breaks down at night, a flashlight can let you change a tire or look for help. Have extra batteries handy as well.
- First Aid Kit: Includes several items to treat injuries in an accident; it can save your life, or at the very least stop the bleeding or prevent infections.
- Oil: Some WD-40 can loosen tight or rusted nuts and bolts on your car if changing a tire or another quick repair turns into a challenge
- Food/Hydration: Stock a few energy bars in case you’re far from a convenience store, or are stuck in a snowstorm. Bottled water is a must; it will keep you hydrated until you can flag down help.
- Communication: Stow an old cell phone in your car; even without a subscription, you can call 911 in an emergency. A weather radio can help you prepare for the worst.
- Spare Clothes: If your taking a long drive, take some extra clothes in case you’re out longer than expected or get wet/dirty changing a tire or performing repairs.
- Piece of Cardboard/Carpet: Placing these under tires stuck in snow can provide traction and free your vehicle.
- Tissues/Towels: Some tissue paper is needed to clean up after eating, while a hand towel will enable you to wipe away dirt and sweat.
- Money: Keep a few dollars in your car. In addition to finding more practical settlement loans alternatives after an accident, it’s a wise decision should you need a tow truck or other emergency service.
- Duct Tape: An extremely versatile tape that can be used for many purposes.
Be Prepared for the Weather
Travel is still necessary in the cold winter months. Just be prepared with a shovel in case you need to clear away snow and ice, and road salt if you get stuck. And always, no matter what the weather is, have your auto shop’s business card handy.
Rain or shine, accidents do happen. If you have been injured and another party is at fault, pre-settlement funding, the better alternative to lawsuit loans, can help keep you going until a settlement is reached. Call us for a free consultation or apply online today!