PCL’s Safety Moment
Top Six Things You Need for a Road Trip
Considering that most people are hitting the road this summer, we thought it would be appropriate to have a safety moment. When you’re packing for that weekend trip or week-long getaway, make sure to throw in your emergency kit. You never know when it might come in handy!
Here are the top six things you should carry with you:
- Backup phone charger: one of the most versatile tools you can have, your cell phone can help you out in almost any pinch.
- First aid kit: If you’re planning to spend any time outside, a first aid kit is invaluable, even if it’s just for bandaids. Be sure to double check that your kit is appropriately packed for where you’re planning to go (i.e., the beach, a national park, etc.).
- Safety equipment: It seems like any time your car breaks down, it’s always at the worst moment possible – in the dark or rain or searing heat. Make sure you’re prepared for any eventualities by packing appropriate safety equipment such as a flashlight, cones/reflective triangles to warn other drivers, water, snacks, and even a blanket for cold weather.
- Maps: No, not the Google kind. The paper kind. That you can physically unfold and look at even if you don’t have internet connection (because half the time you need a map, you don’t have internet, right?). Even better are local maps to where you’re going, which will show more details of the place you’re visiting.
- Basic tools: Screwdriver (Philips, flathead, and maybe a hex if you want to be fancy!), hammer, duct tape, jumper cables, etc. Most things can be fixed enough to help you limp along to where you can get a real repair done. Just make sure that you know how to use your tools properly, such as in the case of the jumper cables – always know which clip goes on which terminal before you connect them!
- Tire pressure gauge and tread checker: Although most modern cars are equipped with TPMS, it’s always good to have a way to independently verify that your readings are accurate (in fact, it’s advised in most owner’s manuals). If you’re not sure what your tire pressure should be, most cars have a sticker just inside the driver’s side door which outlines the optimal pressures for your tires. Always be sure to check that your pressure is correct, your tread is deep enough to give you good traction with the road, and that your tires aren’t excessively worn or damaged. You want them to get you where you’re going to and home again without any hitches!
Of course, this is just a cursory list, so always be sure to check weather conditions and road conditions for wherever you’re headed. Then get out there and enjoy your summer trip safely, and remember that where you go, PCL goes with you. And don’t forget to share your pics and stories with us on Instagram @pcltireinflation and use the hashtag #PCLlove! Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.