You may already store an emergency supply kit, including first aid materials, in the trunk of your car, but some items should be within reach for convenience. Your glove box has limited space, which is why our list only contains five items. However, placing these five items in your glove box can help you out of an unexpected jam.
- Documentation: Keep a small document organizer in your glove that contains the car’s owner manual, your registration papers and proof of insurance. You may also choose to include important information about your family’s medical history, medications and allergies in case an accident renders you incapable of speech. Include emergency contact numbers for friends, family members, doctors and roadside assistance. Only include what you need. You are not required to carry your car’s title and it is not recommended, as it makes it easier for a thief to sell your car if stolen.
- Paper goods: Tissues, napkins and/or wipes always come in handy in case of a spill, runny nose or sticky fingers after eating. Messes are constantly presenting themselves. You may also consider hand sanitizer for such messes. A notebook and pen can come in handy for writing down reminders, grocery lists or exchanging information after an accident.
- Chargers: The last thing you need is a dead cell phone in an emergency situation. Keep a car charger in your glove box so you can juice up your phone when needed. If you have a portable GPS in your car, make sure you also carry that charger as well.
- Weather protection: Depending on the season, certain items help shield you from the elements. Sunglasses, micro umbrellas, ponchos, gloves and hats all come in handy and should be stored in your car when the weather permits. No need to carry gloves year-round, but sunglasses and an umbrella are good to carry for sudden weather changes.
- Flashlight: A small flashlight or headlamp can come in handy in a variety of situations. If you drop a small object and need help finding it under the seat, use a flashlight. If you need to change a tire or check your fluids at night, use a flashlight. This is always a good tool to keep nearby.
One more way to prepare for the unexpected is to purchase comprehensive coverage. Call Danback Insurance Agency at (512) 454-4567 for more information on Austin auto insurance.