If you drive long enough sooner or later you're going to have a breakdown. From running out of gas and dead batteries to blown out tires and electrical issues there are a number of things that can cause your car to sputter and stop. However, you can make these occurrences much more manageable when you have the right supplies and know what to do. Depending on where your car breaks down you will want to be cautious since getting out of a car on the highway can be very dangerous and if the weather is bad you might be better off staying in the vehicle.
Even if you take every precaution there is still a chance your car could break down. Smart car owners know what supplies are essential for getting through breakdowns and you should always have the following in your car glove box or trunk: tire temperature gauge, spare tire and jack, jumper cables, spare gasoline, gloves, basic wrench set, flashlight and flares. Being able to perform a tire change or jump starting your battery will get you out of a lot of situations so always be ready to perform these tasks. Other problems will be more complicated and will probably require a tow to a mechanic but you can make the situation better by marking your location with flares and putting the hazard lights on so people driving by know you are waiting for assistance.
A car breakdown, either from a mechanical problem or accident, is never fun. However, if you are stranded on the highway or have been in a fender bender it is important to always remain calm. Some accidents can put drivers into a state of shock and you need to prepare yourself by having a car first aid kit that contains medical supplies to care for shock, minor cuts, abrasions and trauma. Always have a copy of your current insurance ID car and the vehicle registration in the car. If you are in an accident and don't have these documents it can be a lengthy ordeal getting things straightened out.
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