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What should I include in my emergency road kit?

With the arrival of summer, many Pennsylvanians are making plans to hit the road, see the sights and have great vacations. Thanks to the advent of cell phones, GPS devices, and other modern technical marvels, it has never been safer to be on the road for long stretches of time.

Still, there are situations that can occur while traveling that require a quick response. Your ability to be self-reliant can be extra-important should you have an emergency when you are many miles from the nearest city or town. As such, it is a very good idea to put together an emergency kit which contains things that can help you get through a difficult situation.

The following are things that every emergency road kit should contain:

  • A flashlight.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Hand tools including a pocket knife and a multi-purpose tool which contains files, screwdrivers, wire cutters, an awl and other assorted items.
  • Items to put on the road to warn others that your car is inoperable; specifically, a help sign and two road flares.
  • Items that can address common mechanical issues, including spare fuses, a quart of oil, rags and a tire inflator.

These are just the basics. When putting your kit together, you should also consider the weather conditions and other potential issues that you may face when on the road. Also, you should acquaint yourself with all of your emergency items so that should the need arise to use them, you will be able to do so without any trouble.

If you should have the misfortune of getting stuck on the side of the road during your travels, the other motorists have a duty of care to keep their eyes open for your vehicle. Unfortunately, all too often, distracted or impaired drivers collide with stalled vehicles.

The impact of such crashes can cause catastrophic injuries for those who are struck. If you are injured by a negligent driver who failed to slow down and avoid you or your vehicle, a Philadelphia personal injury attorney may be able to help you get a proper measure of compensation to pay for medical and other related expenses.

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