We all know to pack winter emergency kits in case we ever run into trouble on the road, but did you know that you should also prepare a summer car emergency kit? Pack yours before your next extended trip. Here’s what to include:
- Water: It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in scorching summer heat. Keep a pack of bottled water in a cooler in the trunk of your car, just in case.
- Visibility gear: We tend to stay out later in the summer months because of longer days and warmer weather. That means you are more likely to be driving at night after the sun sets. Pack emergency flares and hazard triangles for breakdowns, and keep a flashlight with never-used batteries in your glove compartment.
- Blanket: Despite the heat, you’ll want a blanket in your car. Reflective blankets are particularly helpful in keeping the sun off you, but in a pinch, any blanket can be used to provide shade.
- Toolkit: Pack a small toolkit to make easy engine repairs. Any large repairs, however, should be done by a professional, so just call a tow truck.
- Phone charger: Make sure you can call that tow truck or roadside assistance by packing a phone charger that always stays in the car. Keep your phone charged while driving at all times.
To ensure your car is ready to handle the demands of summer, schedule a maintenance check with our service department at Midwest Toyota.