It’s a rainy morning and you just arrived at work. There was a beep on the cell phone from a text message. Before getting out of the car, you check the message, answer it, then you get your stuff and forget to turn off the headlights.
Hours later you return to the car and it doesn’t start. Not a problem, get out the jumper cables and someone will be along to lend a hand. Wait, the jumper cables are hanging on a hook in your garage.
June is National Safety Month and all of us here at Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Superstore want to help you practice road safety in Monroe, Michigan. If you consult the National Safety Council, you can the get rundown of what the first week– Emergency Preparedness– on what people need to keep with them, just in case.
Most vehicles have in the trunk a tripod jack and wheel wrench, but people should make sure it is there and it works. It’s also important to note that some new vehicles do not come from the factory equipped with a spare tire, but those that do should be checked regularly. A periodic check (every three to six months) of the spare tire is recommended. Drivers should supply themselves with a tool kit and that kit should have a working flashlight (and extra batteries). Emergency flares and reflective triangles are useful in alerting oncoming traffic of your disabled vehicle, especially on the expressway/freeway/highway.
Another item that could help is a First Aid kit for the family car, complete with tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress. One never knows how long it will take for help to arrive if you break down and this could help anyone injured while waiting.
Along those lines, it is a good idea to have a phone charger. You never know how long you’ll be out there waiting for help. Don’t forget, in cold weather, make sure to have gloves, boots and a blanket.
Having food and water supplies are not a bad idea, but if you pack food, make sure it isn’t something that can go bad. The water will come in handy especially if one has to walk to get help. And to help yourself while you are walking, pack into the trunk a reflective vest of some kind. Those who break down on the highway can find this useful as cars traveling in excess of 60 mph may not have time to react if they don’t spot you from hundreds of yards away.
One final item you may think of to store into the trunk is a fire extinguisher. Where there is smoke, there could be fire, so be sure you have something on hand just in case.
Our team here at Monroe Superstore wants to make sure you are safe on the road! Stay tuned for next week as we talk about the next theme for National Safety Month. In the meantime, if your car needs maintenance to make sure you don’t break down on the side of the road, don’t delay and bring it in to our friendly and knowledgeable team at the Service Department or make an appointment for your next diagnostic.