Ice and snow may not be common in California, but getting stranded in the summertime with no water can be just as dangerous as getting stranded in the winter with no heat. At the end of the day, every motorist should have a roadside emergency kit in his or her vehicle regardless of location.
This kit should include both generic items, like a seatbelt cutter, and more geographically relevant items, like extra blankets in colder climates and extra water in warmer ones. It should also contain basic first aid supplies, like a tourniquet band and wound dressings.
Although it is wise to prepare for the worst, even the most comprehensive first aid kit is no match for devastating accident injuries. If you were hurt in a collision that was not your fault, turn to the Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, P.C.
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Read on to learn what you should include in a roadside emergency kit:
- Fire Extinguisher
According to Consumer Reports, you should look for a compact dry powder fire extinguisher that is labeled either “2A10BC” or “1A10BC.” These units can handle fires caused by combustible liquids and gases, as well as solids like paper and rubber.
A working flashlight with extra batteries is a must for any emergency kit. Even if you end up breaking down in broad daylight, you may need the flashlight to see into various parts of the engine.
- Extra Coolant
The weather in California may be beautiful, but overheating is likely during a road trip up or down the coast. Keep an extra gallon of coolant in your vehicle, and replace it every few years. Although coolant does not technically expire, it can become less effective over time.
- A Basic Tool Kit
A simple tool kit that contains a screwdriver, pliers, a pocketknife, and an adjustable wrench could prove to be invaluable someday. Add a tire pressure gauge, duct tape, and foam tire sealant, and you will be ready for anything.
- Jumper Cables
Even the most conscientious motorists can leave their lights on from time to time. Keep a set of jumper cables in your trunk just in case the battery dies and you don’t want to wait for roadside assistance.
- Triangle Reflectors
If you ever end up in a collision, LED flares or triangle reflectors will warn oncoming motorists to use caution when passing. This will help reduce the risk of causing a secondary accident.
Unfortunately, even those who prioritize safety by packing a roadside emergency kit can end up in a catastrophic crash. All it takes is one drunk, distracted, or reckless driver to change your life forever.
If you sustained injuries in a collision with a negligent motorist, contact the Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, P.C. today. Call 949-864-9662 to schedule a consultation with a car wreck lawyer in Irvine. You can learn more about accident claims in California by visiting the USAttorneys website.