The Top 5 Summer Car Emergency Kit Must-Haves

July 10, 2018 2:40 pm Published by

As far as seasons are concerned, drivers typically focus most of their preparation efforts towards braving winter. While that’s understandable since snow and sleet are not to be underestimated, too many overlook the importance of preparing for the summertime. The warm season poses its own set of challenges, so it’s important to always be ready by creating your personalized car emergency kit. With that in mind, here are 5 essential items that you definitely can’t afford to overlook:

1. Visibility Equipment
Visibility is important throughout the year, but many drivers take it off their priority list by the time summer rolls around with its longer days and shorter nights. The reality is that summer is just as prone to nighttime accidents as any other season. In those situations, having a flare or some reflective hazard triangles can save you a lot of trouble. If you want to go for maximum safety, invest in a LED flare that lasts twice as long and can easily be recharged.

2. Tire Sealant and Gauge
Suffering a flat tire is one of those minor annoyances that every driver has to contend with sooner or later. But did you know that you can prevent flat tires by applying special sealant to them whenever signs of a fissure appear? This way you can avoid most flats by simply checking your tires before going on the road. Be sure to also use a tire gauge to see if your tires are properly inflated, as partially deflated wheels are much more likely to burst while driving.

3. Jumper Cables
Kick-starting your car through the use of jumper cables is a time-honored tradition among drivers who live in colder climates. But batteries aren’t immune to failure just because temperatures are in the red. In fact, a weak battery may die at any point regardless of season, so having a pair of high-quality jumper cables on you at all times is a must. Just make sure you know how to properly use them by following the appropriate safety procedures.

4. Water
Even if don’t mind keeping the AC on all the time to prevent that summertime heat from seeping into your car, staying hydrated should remain a top priority for any self-respecting driver. Always keep ample amounts of bottled water in the car in case you happen to go for miles without any convenience store in sight. Ideal quantities are difficult to gauge, but having at least one gallon of water for every person in the car should suffice.

5. A Small Tool Kit
You might be surprised to find out that the vast majority of roadside fixes can be accomplished with just a few basic tools. Things like different-sized screwdrivers, pliers, an adjustable wrench and some duct tape will allow you to resolve most issues in a pinch, so be sure to pack them all in a small container that can accompany you wherever you go.

Staying prepared is a driver’s number one priority, so get your car ready as you prepare for summertime traveling. And always be on the lookout for special offers and sales that you can use to improve your car. For instance, July brings about three huge Pull-A-Thons in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Aurora, special events organized by celebrated automotive shop U-Pull-And-Pay during which customers pay a flat fee and get to take home as many car parts as they can carry.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling