What You Should Keep In Your Truck in Case of Emergency
No one ever wants to go through, let alone think about, a time where their vehicle breaks down, won’t start, or any other list of problems that could potentially arise while out and about. It is such an afterthought, that most people who are behind the wheel are often unprepared when something goes wrong. That is why it is crucial that drivers haul around certain items in their vehicle to either mend the situation or get to an auto mechanic to learn more about what is happening. In this blog, we are going to suggest some things that drivers should keep in their cars in case of an emergency. These are in no particular order, and all are equally important as their counterparts.
#1.) An Inflated Spare Tire
While this may be common sense to anyone with a driver's license, what people might not quite know is that their spare tire may be under - or overinflated - and can cause real trouble when trying to get to a tire shop. That’s another thing - the spare tire is to be used only to get you to a nearby tire shop for a new or used tire.
Not to mention, since it is a spare, drivers must drive with extreme caution and not drive too fast. Most spare tires are reliable for anything under 50 miles per hour as well as 50 miles in your total drive. Anything afterwards, and you start to gamble with the tire that is supposed to help you.
Be sure to take a look at your spare tire every now and then, just to make sure it is in good condition. While you are at it, get a tire pressure gauge to check on your current tire pressure on your vehicle. With the weather starting to change, it is smart to stay on top of your tires and make sure they are ready for the upcoming season.
#2.) First Aid Kit/All-In-One Kit
No one ever wants to be in situations where they need to use one, but having a first aid kit, or some sort of gathering of important items, is extremely important in moments where you’d never think you would need one. Whether it is kids getting a cut at the park, to needing bug spray before hitting the campsite, to warm blankets and de-icer to combat the cold weather and beyond your imagination, it is better to be over prepared than to be under prepared.
Another thing we would like to recommend here is a well versed multipurpose utility tool or some sort of basic tool kit. While it may never be used by the driver, it is something that could be easy access for anyone in the driver’s family or their friends that knows a thing or two about pickups. We recommend going and seeing your local or most trusted mechanics and service technicians, but oftentimes things are easier to do yourself, and having a nearby tool kit is nice to have in those instances.
Just think, if something bad happens while someone is fixing on the truck, you have a first aid kit with rubbing alcohol, gause, band-aids and much more ready to go.
#3.) Jumper Cables
One thing that used to be so popular to have in your vehicle has now become somewhat of a scarcity amongst our fellow drivers. It seems like there are more and more drivers today that do not have jumper cables in their vehicle, and if there is anything we have learned in life (especially recently) is that we cannot always rely on others. People can go for hours asking everyone passing by if they have jumper cables or could give them a jump start, and that can be very frustrating when you just need to do a quick battery check and/or replacement.
Do not be the person caught without these much needed cables. Other drivers will be much more likely to help you out if you are the one with the cables in possession. One recommendation we can make to add on to the jumper cables is to be prepared for any weather condition as well. While everyone would love for their ideal weather climate to be in effect while something is going wrong, it often is the exact opposite. Be sure to pack a backup rain poncho, heavy jacket, towels, and anything else you deem necessary so you are ultimately prepared for anything thrown your way.
#4.) Bungee Cords, Tie Down Straps, Ropes, etc.
What comes with owning a heavy duty 4x4 truck is everyone and their mother will ask for your help when it comes to moving something. While owning a 4x4 pickup is nice, it does become slightly annoying when you are being asked if you are free for a few hours every weekend. On the flip side, it is extremely beneficial for yourself if you ever need to haul something, such as a new couch, refrigerator, or other things that can fit in the bed.
Getting a few pairs of some sort of tie downs, such as bungee cords, straps, ropes or many other things can be super helpful for these types of situations. Being able to secure your cargo without having to pay for movers and a delivery will save you so much money and other stresses that the entire situation will bring on. Not to mention, you can safely move other items for your family and friends if need be. It is a win-win situation all around.
We also recommend checking on your suspension, transmission, and anything else that you may think is important before tackling any type of towing or moving job.
While there are a ton of different things not mentioned in this blog that are also very good things to keep in your vehicle at all times, these are just a few basic things that are easy additions or things that can be easily checked on.