Local Houston roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded on a quiet country road. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip. Where you are driving and the resources that are available there will help you select the items that are included.
Your close-to-home kit for around Humble would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You’ll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.
Sometimes a good cell phone and roadside assistance is a better alternative than trying to change your tire in traffic or jump starting your vehicle if you are not sure of the procedure. Modern electronics are very expensive and easily damaged.
Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.
For trips away from home, consider the weather and geography as you assemble your emergency supplies. You’ll need to have a source of light and heat and will want to provide protection against the elements as well as adequate food and water for everyone in the car.
Always tell people where you are going and have a plan for checking in at way points. Then if you run into trouble, you can be reported missing as soon as possible and rescuers will be able to narrow the search area.
The key to safe travel is to keep your vehicle properly maintained, plan ahead, and let others know your itinerary.
So, load up the gear and plan on miles and miles of safe travel.
Lynn Beckwith, That Car Lady