How to Put Together an Emergency Roadside Kit



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There are a number of reasons why your vehicle might break down and it's very rarely something that you see coming. Sometimes it's a minor fix that you can take care of yourself, but you could also run into something that forces you to wait around for help to arrive.

Either way, you can't do much without a roadside emergency kit.

Here are a few suggestions for emergency kit items:

  • Multipurpose tool: A Swiss Army Knife or similar tool will allow you to make some minor vehicle adjustments and clear out debris.
  • Foam tire sealant: This will let you get back up after running over a nail, but it's not a permanent fix.
  • Headlamp: A flashlight might do just fine, but dealing with a breakdown in the dark is easier when you can work hands-free.
  • Jumper cables: Cables between ten and sixteen feet that are coated in six- to eight-gauge rubber ought to suffice in most situations.
  • Flare alternative: Reflective warning triangles and battery-powered beacons increase visibility so oncoming traffic knows to give you space when you're stuck on the side of the road.

If your vehicle needs a checkup, especially before going on a long road trip, schedule an appointment with our service center in Bristol, TN. We'll make sure your car is fit for the drive!

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