The holiday season is the most heavily trafficked two months of the year,
and subsequently, prone to more traffic accidents. According to
Geico, one of the best was to prep for heavy traffic and bad weather is a
vehicle safety kit. Safety kits can prepare you for
car accidents and bad-weather driving alike, and may help you minimize the aftermath
of a collision or weather-related incident.
What to Put In Your Vehicle Safety Kit
A basic kit includes the following items, many of which you can find around
your home or at a convenience store:
- Plastic container to store your supplies
- Flashlight, including extra batteries
- First aid kit / supplies
- Towline (also called a “tow rope”)
- Paper towels or spare towels
- Bottled water
- Snow scraper or brush
- Granola bars & other high-calorie snacks
- Emergency poncho / blanket
- Matches / candles (store in a waterproof container)
- A shovel (collapsible is best)
- Basic tools
- Sand or cat litter (to create traction for tires)
Additional Items to Consider
Depending on the type of weather you anticipate, you may want to include
tire chains in your kit. A spare set of clothes (particularly warm clothes)
may be useful, along with 12-hour light sticks and reflective clothing
such as a safety vest. In the event of an accident, you will want a camera.
If your cell phone doesn’t have this capability, purchase a disposable
one to keep in your vehicle safety kit.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
If you’re involved in a car accident, safety is your priority. Call
for an ambulance if necessary and move all vehicles from the road as soon
as possible. This is especially important if the accident occurred in
low-visibility circumstances, such as snow, rain, fog, or darkness. In
such situations, it is best to warn oncoming vehicles of the accident
by using roadside flares.
Always speak with a lawyer before taking legal action. At Goodman Acker, P.C., our Detroit personal injury and car accident lawyers
are committed to providing victims of avoidable car accidents with the
legal services they need. If you suffered an injury, we can help you seek
financial compensation for your damages, including medical costs and missed wages.