No one wants to experience a breakdown, especially if they are far from home. Unfortunately, no matter how well you maintain your car, break downs can still occur. Being prepared can make it simply an inconvenience instead of a major ordeal. The following tips can help you prepare for the unexpected breakdown:
Tip #1: Stock roadside repair necessities
There are three main things that tend to leave an otherwise maintained vehicle stranded – flat tire, dead battery, or overheating. Fortunately, you can prepare for all three. For the tire, make sure that the spare is aired up and in good condition, and that you have a working jack and tire iron. Battery jumper cables are inexpensive, so add these to your kit. Finally, if you will be traveling where water isn't readily available, keep a gallon in your trunk in case the car overheats. Also, keep in mind that these tools only help if you know how to use them, so take a few minutes to learn the basics.
Tip #2: Prepare for safety
Your safety is also important when you are stuck on the side of the road. Your emergency kit should contain a few safety devices. First and foremost, make sure you have flares or traffic cones so oncoming traffic can see you on the side of the road. There are cones with included LED flashers that are easy to spot even in poor weather. If you travel in rural areas in cold months, pack some emergency hand warmers and blankets. You may also want to include a phone battery pack just in case your phone is dead and your car can't start to charge it.
Tip #3: Plan in advance
You won't be able to handle every roadside problem on your own. Check to see if your insurance company provides roadside service. Some dealerships also offer roadside service to new car owners. If so, learn how to use it. In most cases you are given a number to call or you will be able to access the service via a mobile app. You will need to know your membership number, as well, so find this out and keep it in your glove box. If you don't have a service plan, you can buy one privately. Another alternative is to contact tow companies ahead of time and find out their rates. Then, keep the number of the tow companies you like in your glove so you know who to call in the event of car trouble.
Contact a company like Aces Roadside Towing for more information and assistance.