Below you will find a short list of things you can do to always be prepared—and always be safe.
- An emergency kit should include battery jumper cables, a flashlight and a "Help" sign or flares.
- In colder climates, include a winter blanket, energy bar, a shovel, and kitty litter, sand or "Oil Dri" for traction.
- Familiarize yourself with the operation of your car's jack so you'll know how to use it in case of a flat. Keep a can of Fix A Flat in the trunk.
- Never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, even for a minute. A locked car sitting in the sun quickly turns into an oven. Temperatures can climb from 78 to 100 degrees in just 3 minutes.
- Lights, including high beams, turn signals and brake lights must be in working condition and headlights must be aimed correctly. Keep the lights clean for maximum visibility as the days get shorter. Be sure to check your headlights, brake lights, and other bulbs monthly for damage or broken filaments.