Ok, so we are not talking about heading out into the outback with your 4WD, where your preparation needs to be top notch, otherwise you could be headed for trouble, but your average day’s driving to wherever in Australia.
The great thing about being prepared is that even if you never have to use an item in an emergency, it is comforting to know that is there in any case. Carrying an extra car battery replacement cost from Roadside Response around with you might be a tad unnecessary so we have compiled a list of 10 items you should carry in your car at all times.
- Tool kit.
A basic tool kit is all you need here as you are not going to undertake major repairs on the side of the road, but if it is something that you could rectify yourself, you could get going again in a few minutes, rather than wait for help to arrive. A roll of duct tape is useful for holding things together until you can get to a repair shop.
- Jumper cables.
Make sure they are good quality pair that can handle the high current drawn when starting a car.
- Water and food.
About 2 liters per person should be enough, plus one ready to eat meal per person.
A good quality one that won’t cease to function, if you accidently drop it on the tarmac. A spare globe and batteries would be wise too.
- First aid kit.
A fairly comprehensive one will be more than adequate. Keep an eye on the expiry dates of the contents and replace what has been used as soon as possible.
- Reflective triangles and vest.
Visibility along the roadside is of paramount importance, even if you are just quickly changing a tire. Approaching vehicles need to see you in ample time to avoid disaster.
There are times when technology will let you down and you cannot pay for your meal or fuel with your credit card.
- Spare tire, jack and wheel spanner.
Ok, so these should be in the car anyway, but are they? You changed a tire at home the other day and the wheel spanner is still on the floor of the garage, it happens. The flat tire that you meant to get repaired but forgot all about.
- Cell phone charger.
A charger that you can use in your car would be ideal or failing that a fully charged spare battery.
- Protective clothing.
Protection from the elements is vital in Australia, especially the sun, so a wide brimmed hat is needed or maybe even an umbrella. A raincoat (preferably a high visibility one) and a warm jacket would then complete the picture.
There are, of course many other things that you could carry in addition to these, such as buying car batteries online in Melbourne, but those are entirely up to you and what you feel you will need.