Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach would like to remind all of our loyal customers, along with their families and friends to keep a Roadside Emergency Kit in their vehicles. No one can predict when they may be in an accident or a road or freeway shutdown that can leave you stranded for hours. But, if you find yourself in one of those scenarios, having a Roadside Emergency Kit with the proper components can make a big difference in keeping you and your passengers safe until help arrives. Depending on the problem, being prepared with all the proper components can go a long ways in turning a difficult situation into something a bit more tolerable.
When you’re ready to start gathering items for your Roadside Emergency Kit, take a look inside your vehicle first. Some of the most common and necessary items can be found in most trunks or the spare tire compartments. These days some vehicles come with a first aid kit but that may not contain all the proper items to handle a real medical problem. While there are many types of kits available on the market, you can always prepare your own for the type vehicle you drive, as well as the typical weather conditions in your geographical area. As many drivers in Long Beach know, you can be hitting the slops in our local mountains in the afternoon and enjoying dinner in our local desert climate in the same day. Meaning, always prepare for both hot and cold climate emergencies.
Here are some suggestions for your Roadside Emergency Kit:
Flares & Roadside Lighting
Flares or reflective triangles are one of the most important safety items for your kit. These will warn other drivers of the roadside hazard. In case of a breakdown they should be spaced out evenly along the roadside behind your vehicle. If you’re looking for a longer-lasting option, invest in battery-operated LED flares.
These are another essential for every vehicle. Batteries can die or lose their charge at the least opportune moment; jumper cables, with a jump-start from another vehicle, can at least get you to the next service station. You should also consider carrying a separate battery pack for starting your car if no one is around.
Car Fluids & Tools
Flat tires are one of the most common roadside problems, but it’s not always possible to change a tire. Including a can of tire inflator and sealant in your kit, if it’s a small leak you’ll have a better chance at making it to a service station and at minimum a safer place to pull over. here are a few additional recommendations: motor oil, coolant, extra windshield wiper blades, and a toolkit with screwdrivers, pliers, and an adjustable wrench.
First Aid Kit
A first-aid kit is an must have item and is indispensable for addressing smaller, everyday injuries and more serious wounds in the case of an accident. You can purchase them pre-packed with all the essentials or assemble one customized to your needs.
Car Accessories for Winter / Mountains
An ice scraper, a spray bottle with washer fluid, snow chain, blankets, a sleeping bag or a heat-retaining emergency survival blanket, bottled water and long-lasting food items such as energy bars can be rotated out over time.
Car Accessories for Summer / Desert
Bottled water and long-lasting food items such as energy bars can be rotated out over time. Hat with a wide brim, Sunglasses, sturdy knife / multitool, several large leaf bags or solar blankets for instant body shelter from the sun, a small mirror or a signal mirror, matches, butane lighter or flint and steel, a police-type whistle, flashlight and batteries, duct tape.
In conclusion, if you are planning a family road trip it’s always a good idea to visit Orozco’s Auto Service for a pre-trip inspection or call Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach Downtown today at 562-427-4256 or click the link to schedule a Free appointment online. Always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
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3619 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA USA
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