Every driver will probably experience a roadside emergency at some point in their lifetime. This can happen to you if you are driving an old car or a brand new one, whether it is a flat tire, running out of gas or a mechanical breakdown. Being prepared with a couple of small items is the first step in making this experience a little easier.
Always travel with the following items and you will be prepared for most roadside emergencies:
Cell phone and charger Inflated spare tire
Emergency Roadside Kit Road Flares or Safety Triangles
First Aid Kit Jumper Cables or Jump Box
Jack (preferably a floor jack) 4 Way Tire Tool
Flashlight & Extra Batteries Multipurpose Tool
Tire Gauge Foam Tire Sealant or Small Air Compressor
Work Gloves Extra Fuses
Fire Extinguisher Blanket
Paper & Pen (in case you have to leave a note)
The first thing to remember when this happens to you is SAFETY. DON’T PANIC
Get your vehicle and yourself as far off the road as possible and make your car as visible to other motorists as you can.
Turn on emergency flashers
Raise your hood
Put out road flares or triangles according to manufacturers directions
Notify local law enforcement immediately if you are in a dangerous location
In the roadway
On a blind curve
Any unsafe environment (especially women traveling alone or with children at night)
Perform necessary service if able and only if in a safe location
Call for assistance if unable to complete service in a safe manner
If you are a member of a motor club contact them with your location and they will dispatch a tow truck to assist you with the repair or tow of your vehicle to a designated location
Contact a local towing company that deals with roadside assistance. If you are in the Buda, Kyle or San Marcos Texas areas call
A and E Towing at 512-295-4688.
With this knowledge and a little good judgment you will be back on the road in no time. Remember never try to complete roadside repairs in an unsafe manner, call a professional.