Taking a trip should be fun. To make sure that it is, the best thing you can do is make sure you’re prepared for disaster. This means having the necessary supplies that you will need to deal with a wait on the side of the road and with other situations that may arise. Fortunately, putting together a disaster kit for your car doesn’t cost much money and offers a great deal of peace of mind in exchange for the effort.
If you do a lot of traveling, you need to make certain that you are prepared to fend for yourself if you break down in an area that’s a long way away from help. Even if you have coverage that pays for tow trucks or other roadside assistance, you still may end up waiting on the side of the road for quite a while. Make certain that you have traffic triangles so that you can make other vehicles aware of the fact that you are broken down. Flares are available as well, but these constitute a huge fire risk and, with so much of Texas being at risk from wildfires, it’s best not to use anything that involves an open flame.
Make certain that your roadside assistance kit includes tow straps, a spare tire and a jack. Most of the time, your vehicle will come with a spare tire and with a lug wrench and jack that are part of the emergency kit. If your vehicle does not come with these items, you need to supply them. Make sure you practice using the jack before you have an incident on the side of the road. An emergency is no time to learn how to use the equipment that you bring along to cope with it.
You may also want to include food and water in your emergency kit. Particularly if you’re traveling a long distance, you’ll want to make sure that you have something to eat and something to drink if you break down along the side of the road. Even a wait of a few hours can be miserable if you don’t have anything to drink or eat.
A car accident lawyer can help you if somebody damages your vehicle or causes you injury due to their own negligence. Talk to an accident attorney about whether or not you have the option of filing a lawsuit in your particular circumstance.