General preparedness is critical for all situations, however one that is often overlooked is vehicle safety and preparedness. Many vehicle emergencies or road side issues are ones that are easily preventable with pre-planning and preparation.
All levels of government recommend carrying a survival kit in all vehicles.
A few tips to help you get prepared!
Repairing your vehicle prior to a trip:
- Do a vehicle walk around and underneath to see if there is anything that looks out of place, damaged, or hanging down improperly.
- Schedule a checkup before leaving for a trip.
- Ensure there is enough supplies for all persons in the vehicle in case you break down in a remote location, in extreme weather, or late at night.
- Keep fuel topped up, check tire pressure and fluid levels – consider bringing fluids along for extending trips.
- Actively check the weather forecast and ensure your vehicle meets or surpasses weather requirements.
- Inform a friend or family member aware of your route and check in often. If something happens and they do not hear from you, they will know your last check point and better predict where you might be if stranded.
Daily Vehicle Use:
- Make a habit to keep fuel levels half a tank or higher start considering half a tank your new “empty”.
- Carry snacks, spare clothing and water bottles in your vehicle we have assembled our Vehicle Survival Kits to include important items such as: car fuses, high-visibility vest, rain poncho, multi-function army knife, multi-bit screw driver, reflective triangle, food + water rations, emergency blanket, sanitary items, first aid, candles & matches, among many other items. Our kit will ensure you are prepared for all road side emergency situations.
Long Period Vehicle Storing:
- Remove wiper blades and store in vehicle to avoid weathering damage.
- Get an oil change and top up all fluids- including break, wiper fluid, anti-freeze, etc.
- Periodically start the vehicle and let it run for at least ten minutes.
- Thoroughly wash the exterior of your vehicle to remove any harsh contaminates, detail interior and remove all garbage.
- Using a car cover, pop up shed or a tarp to keep harsh weather conditions from effecting your vehicle.
If you need to pull over to the side of the road, always use your flashing hazard lights, wear reflective or high-visibility clothing when walking around or exciting the vehicle.