Being prepared in the event of an emergency in your vehicle is often an idea which is overlooked until it’s too late – as the expression goes hindsight is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, your car won’t always give you the usual warning signs it’s having problems and there is no guarantee you’ll break down in a well-lit area during the day, with perfect cell coverage.
As well as ensuring you have the following items, it would certainly be worthwhile to also check whether your insurance coverage offers Free 24 Hour Road Side Assistance. Most car insurance companies in Barbados do offer this service and it is usually extremely valuable.
Here’s our list of the six (6) must have items you should keep in your car:
- Phone Charger – Unless your car battery is dead, a mobile phone charger for your car can turn a very bad situation into a better one. In a case where your phone goes dead and it leaves you unable to request help, a car charger can be used to recharge your phone just enough to help you make all the necessary phone calls.
- Wheel Kit – This usually comes with a spare tyre – either full size spare or space-saver spare, a jack and a wheel nut spanner/tyre iron. Make sure you have all these items in your car in the event you catch a flat. Don’t forget once you have recovered from a flat tyre to get your spare tyre repaired or replaced. Opening your trunk to find a flat spare is not something you will do twice.
- Reflector Triangle – It’s not required that we carry these in Barbados, however, in places such as the UK, it is mandatory that people have them in their vehicles. They are used when a vehicle has broken down, to help notify oncoming traffic of the present situation. This can be used as an alternative to using your Hazard Lights which are more likely to drain your battery.
- Reflector Jacket – While the reflector triangle is used to notify people of a broken down vehicle, the reflector jacket is used to notify motorists that an individual is present. Breaking down in the middle of nowhere with your surroundings pitch-black can be an extremely dangerous situation and so you should do everything you can to warn other motorists.
- Bottled Water – Bottled water can be used as temporary relief in the event your car has overheated. Coolant is usually the preferred substance, but using water in such a situation will cause no serious harm to your vehicle. Keeping a bottle of water handy for drinking purposes is also advisable to prevent the onset of heat stroke/exhaustion.
- Umbrella – This simple item can be a life saver in some dire situations – either from heat or torrential rain. It’ll take nothing off you to always keep one in your back seat or in the trunk.
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