June 22, 2006

Insurance company recommends ten items for emergency travel kit

Traverse City, Michigan – To avoid major headaches when unforeseen mishaps occur, Hagerty Collector Network, an insurance agency for collector vehicles, suggests 10 important items to take with you on the road:

  • Tool Kit – Include flat and Phillips-head screwdrivers, channel lock pliers, an adjustable wrench and a good-quality lug wrench.

  • Spare Tire – Check tire pressure and tread wear on all tires, including the spare. Keep a quality tire gauge and jack in your vehicle at all times.
  • Flashlight – Necessary for night-time emergencies. Make sure to check batteries periodically.
  • Cell Phone – Check the battery life and bring the phone’s adaptable charger.
  • Fire Extinguisher – Essential protection for your family and your car, buy an ABC-rated, UL-listed model, such as a common 2A:10BC extinguisher.
  • Jumper Cables/Fuses/Bulbs – These items can solve many issues like a dead battery, blown headlight fuse or taillight bulb.
  • First-Aid Kit – One from the store or general pharmacy should do just fine. You can add items according to your family’s needs.
  • Blanket, Food and Water – Water not only keeps you hydrated, but it’s essential for an overheated engine. A blanket and food will help if you’re stranded for a lengthy time period.
  • Spare Fluids – Two quarts of oil and some coolant will do. You may want to bring along an empty gasoline container, just in case you run out of gas on the road.
  • Flares/Caution Signs – It’s always safer to ignite flares for evening and nighttime breakdowns.

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