Be Prepared with an Emergency Tool Kit
We rely on our cars. We expect them to get us to where we need to go, at any time of the day or night, and do it without any problems. For the most part, our expectations are justified because we’ve bought a quality vehicle, and because we’ve taken the time to take care of it. But no matter how much faith we place in our cars and our ability to avoid trouble, every once in a while, trouble still finds us.
Trouble comes in many forms. Engine trouble, battery trouble, tire trouble… The list is endless. As is the type of trouble that has nothing to do with the care of your car. Accidents, potholes, fallen branches. Basically, Murphy’s Law is in effect out on the road, and you should be prepared when it strikes.
Nowadays, many people think that all they need for a road emergency are road flares, a couple of reflective hazard triangles, and a cell phone. Just set out the flares and triangles and then make a call for roadside service, and everything will soon be okay. While it is a good idea to have all of these things, the reality of road trouble is far from ideal. Anyone who has found themselves stranded would agree.
Just think of all the possible situations you could find yourself in, and then imagine that you have no bars of service on your cell phone. Or your phone isn’t charged and your car battery is dead? (It happens more than you think!) You could sit and wait for the police arrive or a Good Samaritan to show up, but how long is that going to take? The questions just keep coming. In the end, you’ll end up getting towed, and if you don’t have a service plan, the next thing that you will be waiting for will be a bill.
While there are many types of trouble you can’t do anything about, there are just as many minor issues that you could have taken care of yourself, or with the help of a friend (or Good Samaritan) if you just had a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. Those, along with a few others, are part of an emergency tool kit that should be in your trunk at all times.
Assembling an Emergency Tool Kit
You don’t need a hundred pounds of tools and a bulky box that takes up half the space in your trunk. In fact, all you need are few things that you can fit into a box no bigger than a loaf of bread. And you don’t need to run out to the hardware store to buy top-of-the-line products either. You can find most of what you need while hitting the neighborhood rummage sales and then fill in the rest as needed. Once you fill the toolbox, place it in your trunk and leave it there. Someday, you will be glad you did.
Tools to Assemble
- Small hammer
- Phillips screwdrivers
- Flathead (slotted) screwdrivers
- Compact socket set
- Adjustable wrench
- Round nose Pliers
- Needle nose pliers
- Duct tape
- Insulation tape
- Utility knife
- Spool of wire
- Assortment of fuses
Along with these, it is always a good idea to have a quality set of jumper cables. A dead battery is perhaps the most common type of car trouble, especially for older vehicles. It is also essential to pack a first aid kit, one that you’ve packed yourself.