26 Jan 2021 | Motorvaps

Top 10 Emergency Items for your Car

In South Africa, approximately 1 million road accidents are reported per year, according to a report issued by the World Health Organisation. This is why we think it’s important to know the Top 10 items everyone should keep in their car in the case of an emergency.

Usually, incidents such as breakdowns or flat tyres can happen at the most inconvenient time and could be quite dangerous. In fact, the more remote the area and the rougher the weather, the more likely you’ll need a car emergency kit.

We’ve put together the most essential items you should keep in your car.

1. Cellphone car charger

Always be sure to have a portable phone charger with you in the car, so you can charge on the go and get help if you need roadside assistance.

2. Flashlight with extra batteries

Pack a flashlight, along with extra batteries, to make sure you can see everything you need to at night.

3. Tarp, raincoat, and gloves, warm blanket

In the event you’re stuck on the side of a road, while you’re waiting for assistance, any of these items will help you keep you warm and dry on a cold winter’s evening.

4. Rags, paper towels, or wet wipes

If potentially dirty repairs are required, rags, wet wipes, or towels can come in handy. It will also help if you have a messy toddler to clean up a mess in your car.

5. Warning devices

Having flares, reflective triangles or LED beacons can increase your car’s visibility. It’s important for those long-distance journeys or along a bend of the road. It will improve the reaction time of fellow drivers and avoid a potential accident.

6. First-aid kit

Whether it’s disinfecting cuts or to stop bleeding, first aid is essential to have, everywhere you go. You might not even need it along the road but perhaps when visiting family and you need the first aid kit essentials.

7. Drinking water

An extra bottle of water can go a long way in an emergency! Water can help prevent a fire, cool someone down, or clean up a mess.

8. Jumper cables

This is essential for restarting a flat car battery. It could also help someone else who might need your help to jump-start their car.

9. Basic toolkit

Make sure you have access to a screwdriver, pliers, and an adjustable wrench. These handy tools can be used to tighten something to make sure your car is running smoothly.

10. Tow strap or tow rope

This will help if your vehicle has broken down and the only option you have is to be towed away to safety.

While all these items are extremely important, however, you wouldn’t need to worry about the last 3 items on this list if you are covered with our Roadside Assistance. We will take care of flat batteries, tyre changes, vehicle towing, medical assistance, and a vehicle locksmith. You’ll get the help you need in the event of an accident or breakdown. We’ll be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.