A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.
If you are gearing up for a road trip, it is important to consider the possibility of a car breakdown in the middle of nowhere, and prepare accordingly. Roadside assistance service is vital during breakdowns, but you could have to wait for hours before help gets to you, or may have no cell service to call for emergency towing. This is why it is advisable to have a small emergency kit that can help you get back on the road and reduce stress should you be faced with an unexpected car breakdown, especially when out of town.
A cellular phone, first aid kit, flares, flashlight, warning hazard triangle and fire extinguisher are basic tools that you probably already have in your car. Here is a look at 3 other vital emergency roadside assistance tools that you may have to acquire to be better prepared for car breakdowns.
These are vital tools to have in case your battery runs out of juice while on the highway. You may forget to turn off your headlights and drain your battery, or simply suffer a battery malfunction that necessitates a jump. Having your own jumper cables will make the process much easier, as you can simply flag down a passerby for a quick boost. Alternatively, you can pack a portable battery booster to eliminate the need for a second car.
With a jump cable, you can save yourself hours of having to wait for emergency roadside assistance, and could also save on towing fees because you may not have to call a towing service like Michael's Towing & Recovery Service, after all.
Foam tire sealant
Tire failure is a leading cause of car breakdowns. A non-flammable foam tire sealant can offer a quick way back on the road by sealing minor punctures and allowing you to cover a few more miles until you can get to an auto shop for a permanent fix.
The tire sealant should, however, only be used for emergencies, as it leaves a sticky residue inside the tire that makes repairs difficult. Alternatively, you can have a portable compressor and plug kit to temporarily inflate a tire that is slowly leaking until you can get professional repairs done.
Coolant hose repair kit
The coolant hose can tear during a long distance trip, easily sidelining your car and even causing extensive engine damage due to overheating. Yet, such a problem can be an easy fix if you have the right tools. Repair tape can easily seal a leaking hose and get you going until you can get to a garage.