Driving around BC alone may be freeing, but every now and then, we might find ourselves caught in some less-than-ideal situations in which we wish we had a car emergency kit handy. While it might sound dramatic, if you’ve been there, you know that having a car survival kit could mean the difference between life and death. Imagine getting stuck in a snow bank or slipping off of an icy road with an out-of-service cell phone in the middle of the boonies. Whether you’re driving a pickup truck or a commercial long-haul truck, it pays to be ready just in case something should go wrong. To make sure you make it home safe and sound, here are some important reasons why you’ll want to keep a car emergency kit in the back of your trunk!
One of the main reasons why having a vehicle emergency kit comes in handy is because weather and road conditions are often unpredictable. Whether it be rain, snow, hail, wildlife, etc., you never know when an emergency kit might save your life.
Bottles of water and non-perishable food items in your vehicle can be life-saving if you get stuck in a backup from an accident or an emergency that prevents you from getting to where you need to go. Especially for individuals, such as diabetics, who have to monitor their blood levels, not having access to food could have severe consequences.
Have you ever passed someone on the side of the road in need of roadside assistance, such as booster cables or tire valve caps? Did you feel slightly guilty passing by them, knowing you wished you could help but just didn’t have the equipment? Well, with a fully stocked emergency kit, you might end up being someone's only hope.
Whether it’s cones or flares, having items like this can signal to others that you need help. Additionally, if you have already called for emergency assistance, this will make it easier for crews to find you and your vehicle.
To make it home safely to your loved ones this season, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Additionally, thanks to Toyota Safety Connect, through Toyota Connective Services, you have 24/7 access to Toyota’s help centre. If the airbags on your Tundra, Tacoma or any other Toyota vehicle are deployed, emergency services will be contacted immediately. Have peace of mind knowing Prince George Toyota is here to help!