Many people rely on their vehicles for daily life. Whether you need your car to go to work or take your kids to school, experiencing a roadside emergency can be heavily inconveniencing. Surprisingly, very few motorists take time to prepare for their car breaking down. They may assume that it won't happen to them, and some even drive around with un-roadworthy vehicles.
Do you know what you'll do if your car were to break down? Here are 5 ways to prepare for a roadside emergency.
1. Have your vehicle inspected before long trips
It's one thing to have your vehicle break down near your home, but what if the breakdown happens during a long trip? Being stranded in unfamiliar territory can be both scary and unsafe.
To avoid this tragedy, make sure your vehicle is inspected before driving over long distances. Have the battery checked, tyres inspected and engine serviced. You should also change your oil (if you haven't done so recently) and have all your fluids topped up.
2. Travel with a power bank
Almost every motorist will experience a vehicle breakdown at one point or another. To remain prepared, make sure your phone has enough charge. Having your phone handy will enable you to contact a towing company, like Swan Towing Service, or a friend who can give you a ride home.
Modern smartphones sometimes struggle to hold a charge for long. Therefore, consider purchasing a power bank to keep your phone on while on the road.
3. Keep a towing service's contact information handy
Having a fully charged phone will be of no use if you can't contact a towing service. Make sure you have the contact information of a towing company stored in your phonebook and in your car. Towing companies help you resolve emergencies by getting your car off the road, diagnosing common vehicle problems and towing the vehicle to your desired location.
4. Carry a car breakdown kit
There are several important tools that can help you during a roadside emergency. Your vehicle should have all the following tools to help you diagnose or even repair any common car problems you may encounter:
- A first aid kit
- A spare tyre
- A flashlight
- A car jack
- A towing rope
You should also learn how to carry out essential vehicle services such as changing the tyre, adding coolant to the engine and using the first aid kit to administer emergency care.
5. Sign up for roadside assistance in your insurance plan
A roadside assistance plan can help you access emergency towing services without paying upfront. You can use this option as a safety net to cover you from untimely vehicle breakdown expenses.