In Alaska, there is often a lot of distance between cities and towns, offering nothing but wilderness. When an accident happens or your car breaks down in these areas, you could be stuck for a while.
Since every season comes with its own obstacles for drivers to overcome, we think it’s important to know how to prepare your vehicle for a possible emergency this summer. An article from How Stuff Works details how to make a summer emergency kit for you vehicle that could help in the event of car trouble or an accident.
Luckily, most of the items you will need are probably already lying around the house. First, you’ll need a place to store all the items, like a box or basket; it’s important to have all emergency supplies in one area so you won’t have to search for them when you need them.
Here is what you’ll need to put in the kit:
- Food and water. Some granola, dried fruit, nuts, or crackers and a bottle of water could be a welcome treat if you are stranded on the side of the road for several hours waiting for a tow.
- First-Aid Kit. It goes without saying how important it is to have some Band-Aids, disinfectant, a tourniquet to stop the flow of blood, and other items in the event of a minor injury.
- Rain jacket. The weather in Alaska can be unpredictable, so having a rain jacket is a good idea just in case the sky opens up on you.
- Basic Tool Set. If you have to change a tire or make some emergency repairs to your vehicle, you won’t get very far without any tools. A little tool kit with pliers, a cutting knife, wrenches, various screwdrivers, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, and a crank flashlight will really come in handy.
- Duct tape. A little duct tape can temporarily fix anything from a ripped radiator hose to a muffler dragging on the pavement. For do it yourself emergency fixes, a roll of tape is good to have on-hand.
- Disposable camera. This is important if you are in an accident. Taking pictures of the scene could turn out to be the only proof that the accident happened the way you say it did. Cell phones work for this too, but just in case that is lost or damaged in the accident, a camera is a good backup.
- Road flares and emergency cones. These devices will help you remain visible to oncoming traffic. When you’re outside the car looking at the damages or repairing your vehicle, making sure you’re visible to oncoming traffic could preserve your life.
If you’re going to be out on the road in Alaska this summer, make sure you are prepared for anything. If an accident does occur, make use of that disposable camera, then contact an accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.