US Route66 is one of the most traveled byways in the world – and for good reason – featuring a myriad of landscapes, climates, people, and iconic places, it’s a life-changing experience we believe everyone should do at least once in their life
Although there’s tons to do and see, there’s also stretches of desolate roadway over desert and mountainous terrain where you may not see a gas station for over 100 miles. That’s why it’s worth being weel prepared for your trip should a breakdown or roadside incident occur.
We’ve talked about preparing your Rout66 road tips for COVID-19 safety, and today we’ll take it a bit further with recommendations on preparing for your next roadtrips, as well as preventative measure to avoid roadside emergencies altogether.
Preventing Roadside Emergencies
Most car emergency comes unexpectedly. These are mishaps that can happen to your car while on the road. There are many different factors that could lead to a roadside emergency but you just can’t control all those factors.
However, there is something you can do to lessen the chances of meeting roadside emergencies. That is to properly maintain your vehicle. A well-maintained vehicle will last better than a poorly maintained one. Even in rough road conditions, a well-maintained vehicle is likely to survive and go through it without getting damaged than a poorly maintained one.
Aside from maintenance, checking your vehicle just before you go for a drive can also help you prevent some road emergencies. A visual check can tell you a lot about your vehicle. You might spot a tire that’s about to get flat if you just take a closer look at your vehicle before leaving.
Preparing For Roadside Emergencies
As mentioned, roadside emergencies can come as a surprise. Sometimes, there is nothing you can do but stop your car on the side of the road and remedy the emergency. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just let things happen. Proper preparation will help you go through the roadside emergency smoothly, with less stress and less risk of getting hurt.
The best way to prepare for roadside emergencies is to create an emergency car kit. This will contain various tools, equipment, and items that you’d need to help you with whatever your roadside emergency is. Some of the essential things you need are the ones found below:
Phone And Emergency Contact Numbers
Most people already have their phones with them at all times. That makes it convenient to call for help when you need one. Just make sure you have the phone numbers of the people to contact. If you are in need of a towing and roadside assistance company, you better have their number even before needing their service. It is best to prepare beforehand rather than rush to find a roadside assistance company that can help you that time and place.
Flares, Flags, Emergency Lights
One of the last things you would want is to have your car stalled in the middle of the night, in the dark by the side of the road. That could seem scary but it could also be dangerous as other vehicles might not be able to see you.
It is best to always keep some flares, flags, or emergency lights inside your car. These will make you more visible to avoid other cars from side swiping or crashing into you. Additionally, they also make you easier to find by the help you’ve called.
Spare Tire And Jack
A roadside emergency could also involve a flat tire. To solve that, you need to have a spare and a jack to help you replace your flat tire. Of course, you should also be equipped with the knowledge on how to replace your tires so you can do them on your own.
A first aid kit will come in handy in case you’ve crashed your vehicle. Even if you only have scratches, it can help. Additionally, the first aid kit could also include some medication that you specifically need. What are you allergic to? Anti-allergy meds will help you get back on your feet in case you have an allergy attack.
Blanket And Gloves
If you experience cold winter months in your area, you should make sure you bring blankets and gloves. They will be useful while you wait for help. Keeping yourself safe and healthy should be prioritized.
When your car won’t start because the battery has been drained, you’ll need jumper cables. These will help you charge your batteries enough to start your vehicle so that you can get on your way.