Posted on: 13 July 2015
Going on a drive soon through the desert or mountains? Taking back roads through a secluded part of the country? Taking the road less traveled can often make for an exciting and memorable road trip. However, it can also pose some unique challenges, especially if your car breaks down in the middle of the trip. While cell phones have made car breakdowns much less dangerous in recent years, you may have some serious problems if you breakdown in an area with spotty coverage. Here are four important items that you should bring with you on your road trip:
Roadside flares. You may breakdown in an area with few streetlights. If so, you could be in a dangerous situation if your car is on the side of the road in complete darkness. Passing cars may not spot you until it's too late for them to avoid you. Roadside flares will help other drivers spot you from far down the road. They'll also make it easier for tow trucks and police cars to notice you and offer help.
Food and toilet paper. If you break down in the desert or mountains, it might be necessary for you to wait for a long time before you get a tow truck out to your car. While food and toilet paper may not be safety items, they'll definitely be missed if you have to wait for a few hours and don't have them available. Pack small snack items that have a lot of nutritional value and won't go bad, such as granola bars. Also be sure to pack bottles of water. If you can't get a tow back to civilization relatively quickly, you'll be glad you had these with you.
Tow strap. A tow strap is a pretty simple device. As the name suggests, it's a strap that you connect to two cars to tow another vehicle off the end of a working car. This can come in handy if a passing motorist spots you and wants to lend a hand. It can also be useful if you're traveling as part of a larger group and have multiple vehicles in your party.
Towing company information. You may get cell service to place a call where you break down, but that doesn't mean you'll necessarily have enough coverage to use the internet on your phone. Before you leave, take the time to map out the areas that you'll be driving through. Look up some auto towing companies in those areas and write down their contact information on a piece of paper to carry in your wallet. That way, even if you don't have internet service to look up tow truck companies on your phone, you'll still have their information to place a call.
If your car does break down in a secluded area, try to contact a towing company, such as Michael's Towing & Recovery Service, as soon as possible. Explain that you may be in an unsafe situation and they'll likely send out a truck as soon as possible.Share