On a recent long-distance journey, there were lots of people that had broken down on the motorway when I was travelling! Sitting on the hard shoulder, waiting for a breakdown truck to rescue you is no fun.
Not only can it be boring and stressful, but it can sometimes be dangerous too – especially if you are alone and have broken down at night. The good news is that you have the power to prevent most breakdown situations.
An obvious piece of advice I can give you is to make sure that your car is well-maintained. That means getting your car serviced when it needs to. But it also means performing weekly checks on your tyres, brakes, engine fluids and so forth.
The focus of today’s blog post is to show you how you can create your own emergency car breakdown kit. Sometimes in life, a motorist will have a car breakdown caused by an unforeseen condition. For instance, a nail in the road could cause an instant tyre puncture.
Here is what you need to know so that you can create the ultimate emergency car breakdown kit!
Holts Tyre Weld
This magical can is a bit like a “get out of jail free” card in Monopoly. If you do experience a burst tyre on the road, it can be inconvenient to stop and remove the contents of your boot to get the spare wheel.
You would also have to remove the wheel with the flat tyre and put the spare on. On the motorway, the authorities tell you not to do this for safety reasons. Instead, what you can do is fill up the deflated tyre with the contents of the Tyre Weld.
It takes no time at all to do that. And it enables you to get back on the road and drive to your nearest tyre fitter so that you can buy a replacement tyre.
High Visibility Jacket
If you do have a breakdown, it’s important that people can spot you – especially at night. A high visibility jacket enables others to spot you from a distance. It is useful if you are waiting for a recovery truck, for example.
Battery charger pack
What do you do when you discover, to your horror, that your car’s battery is flat? There is no way that you can start your car on a flat battery.
You might think that having jump leads will help to save the day, but what if there is no-one else around that can help you? By getting a battery charger pack, you can jump-start your car yourself!
The pack itself is rechargeable, and some even feature a plug socket for charging devices like mobile phones.
Solar mobile phone charger
Some people forget to take their mobile phone chargers with them when they go on road trips. If you don’t want to buy an expensive “spare” charger, there is one alternative that might interest you.
A solar mobile phone charger is cheap to buy, easy to use and can even charge your mobile on a cloudy day!
Bottle of water
Have you got a leaking radiator? Are you stuck somewhere with no shops in sight? A large bottle of water will help to save the day!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. Let me know if you’ve got any other tips for emergency breakdown kit essentials!