- There were 395,785 traffic collisions in Florida in 2016.
- 668,699 drivers were involved in these crashes.
- 3,176 people lost their lives in these accidents.
Do you drive on autopilot? Perhaps you take the skill for granted? If you do, you’re not alone. Driving is second nature for most of us because we do it every day. We don’t stop to think that we’re going to be involved in a collision, even if we’ve had an accident before. A lot of drivers neglect putting together an emergency kit for just these reasons.
As Pensacola car accident attorneys, we have seen dozens of instances in which having a well-stocked emergency kit would have been useful. Your emergency kit could help you render first aid, and an emergency kit could get you back on the road faster.
Here are the essential components of a great kit.
1. Flashlight with Extra Batteries
Oh, the frustration at having a flashlight, only to find out that the batteries are dead! Put a flashlight in your kit and be sure to include at least a single set of extra batteries. Don’t rely on your smartphone’s flashlight, although it will work in a pinch.
2. First Aid Kit
Include a first aid kit in your vehicle. You need gauze, ointment, bandages and tourniquets. Take a look inside your kit every six months or so to make sure anything that expires hasn’t. Replace what needs to be.
3. Fire Extinguisher
There aren’t many people that keep a fire extinguisher in their car but it’s a good idea. A small fire can quickly escalate and having the means to put it out can be beneficial.
4. Jumper Cables
If you don’t have a set of jumper cables in your car, get some and stick them in the trunk. We also suggest that you learn how to use them, but if you don’t, at least you’ll have them available to hand to someone who does.
5. Extra Clothes
It might not be so important to have a set of warm clothes if you live in southern Florida, but you might find yourself in an accident or broken down during a downpour. Having a dry set of clothes to change into can prevent you from getting sick or, at the very least, from being uncomfortable.
6. Flares or Triangles
You don’t want to be in an accident and then find yourself involved in a second one because someone didn’t see your car in time to stop. Grab a set of flares or emergency triangles that you can set up around your car if you are stuck on the side of the road.
7. Cat Litter
Wait… what? You read it correctly. Cat litter is easy to purchase and throw in the back of your car. If you get stuck in the mud, putting cat litter down in front of and behind your tires can help you gain traction. You can also use a bag of sand if you’d prefer.
8. Emergency Tool
These are used to break windows, so you won’t want it in your trunk. Put it in your glovebox so you can reach it quickly if you are submerged in water or your doors or windows won’t open. Having this tool within reach can be a life saver.
9. Backup Fluids
Oil and coolant are important to carry in your vehicle and take up little space. Have enough to completely fill your reservoirs should you need to.
10. An All-in-One Kit
If you don’t want to buy all of these things separately, you can easily find all-in-one emergency kits online, ranging in price. The amount you spend will depend on what is included in the kit.
Talk to a Pensacola Car Accident Attorney Today
If you are involved in an accident, you need a Pensacola car accident lawyer. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation and discover more about how we can assist you. We will help preserve your rights and help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.