Would you be prepared if your car were to break down? It’s something no driver wants to think about, but unfortunately it does happen. Breakdowns are common and they very rarely happen in a convenient location. So, if you want to limit the amount of stress and potential danger faced in the event of a breakdown, there’s a few pieces of equipment you’ll want to invest in.
Tyre changing equipment
Most drivers have a spare tyre in the back of their car, but it’s surprising how easy it is to forget the equipment you’d need to fit it. If you’re unsure what you need for your specific make and model, the good news is you can find out online. The internet is a wonderful resource and it can even show you exactly how to change a tyre.
Practising at home will really help to prepare you too in case you ever do need to change it during a breakdown.
First aid kit
It’s a really good idea to carry a first aid kit with you. The majority of accidents and breakdowns that occur, result in minor injuries. Being able to tend to those injuries quickly will make all of the difference and provides fantastic peace of mind.
You could also create a “car first aid kit” which would help you patch up your car quickly if required. This could include water for filling up the windscreen washer, replacement fuses and bulbs, a fire extinguisher and jump leads.
Model specific equipment
Even if you have zero mechanical knowledge, it could be worth having some model specific parts on hand. They may come in useful for the roadside assistance team, or you could learn how to fit them yourself. A good example of what to invest in include struts. You can purchase these at an affordable cost from a company like S.G.S Engineering
Other things to keep
There’s quite a lot of useful items you’ll want to carry with you in case of a breakdown. Blankets, a torch, a mobile and charger, a spare pair of shoes and non-perishable foods are all great to keep.
Overall, while breakdowns can’t be avoided, you can certainly be prepared. The above is just some of the most important things you should always carry with you. Of course, you should also have the details of your roadside assistance company on hand too.