While you may not want to think about your car breaking down on the side of the highway, it is very important for you to be prepared for when it will invariably happen. To prepare for breakdowns, you should always carry the following supplies in the trunk of your car:
A Can of Tire Sealant Foam
You should always have a jack and tire iron to remove a flat tire and replace it with your car's spare. However, having a can of foam tire sealant in your trunk will allow you to seal your flat tire and re-inflate it so you can get off of the highway safely to a location where you can swap out the tire or drive to a local tire shop to have them replace your tire for you.
A Fire Extinguisher Rated for Automotive Fires
Automotive fires happen rather frequently due to all of the flammable liquids that help to make your vehicle function. Since vehicle fires are generally caused by battery acid, oils, grease, and gasoline, it is important that you always carry a fire extinguisher that is rated to put out an automotive fire. You can buy an automotive fire extinguisher at your local hardware or auto parts store.
A Pair of Jumper Cables
Nothing is worse than finding a concerned citizen who is willing to jump your dead battery in a parking lot and then discovering that neither of you has a pair of jumper cables to use. You should always carry a pair of jumper cables in your car's trunk so that you can use them to jump your own dead battery or assist another driver whose battery has died.
A Flashlight and Extra Batteries
A flashlight is a necessity in all cars since many roadside emergencies happen after dark. While your car's headlights provide ample light at the front of your vehicle, they do not supply light under the hood or near the tires where problems most often occur. You should always carry fresh batteries as well to ensure that your flashlight will work in an emergency situation.
A Plastic Rain Poncho
Finally, just as mishaps tend to happen to vehicles after dark, so too do they seem to occur when it is pouring down rain. A plastic rain poncho is a very inexpensive item that will keep you dry if you have to change a tire or add oil to your car during a rain or snow storm.
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