About three weeks ago, I was driving on a wide straight road with hardly any other vehicle for miles. The temptation to go over 70 miles per hour was strong. I manage to resist for the first 30 minutes. After then, I finally gave in and went past 70, almost hitting 90 mph. All of a sudden, steam sprayed out from under the hood. It was so thick I could barely see the hood of my car.
After slowly and carefully eased the car onto the shoulder, I got out to investigate – although I already knew – what had suddenly gone wrong. Using my shirt as an insulator, I popped the hood and investigated. I didn’t like what I saw. It meant I couldn’t drive the car any longer if I hope to keep it alive.
I could only hope and wait for the next vehicle to drive by. After what felt like an eternity, a car passed by. The driver though hardly spared me a glance. Uttering some obscenities, I got back in my vehicle to wait for the next vehicle. It was a hot day, I believe it was somewhere around 90 to 95 degrees. I was sweating bullets. I have never felt a less breezy day. I was getting very thirsty and hungry and I started noticing the sun sinking towards the horizon. I thought about my life and what a fool I’d been to go faster than the state of the car would allow.
A reflection in my rear view mirror caught my attention, I swiftly got out of the car and stood at the center of the road. I’d gotten to that point where I thought It was either this truck was going to run me over or stop. That wasn’t necessary though, because, mercifully it came to a halt. After explaining my ordeal to the driver, he agreed to give me a lift, what’s more, he suggested towing my vehicle with his. I couldn’t believe my luck. You may have noticed I haven’t said anything about my phone, that’s because it was practically useless. The battery was dead long before I embarked on the trip.
What’s the point of my story? The point is if I’d been better prepared – I was never prepared to begin with – it would have made me wait a lot more bearable. If not for the timely arrival of the other driver, my story would’ve probably been starred on the TV Shows ‘I Survived’ or worse ‘A Thousand Ways to Die’. This is not a situation anyone wants to find himself in, especially someone with health problems.
Emergency road kits – starter pack
This is why it’s important to have emergency road kits with you. Even if you’re not going on a long drive like I did, even if it’s just a short distance, it’s important to have them with you. Always. The essential emergency kits to have with you include:
- A gallon of water (more if possible)
- Snacks such as Energy bars (its advisable to have more with you)
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight and some spare batteries
- Jumper cables
- Towels and blankets
- Ice scraper (if it snows a lot in your area)
- Motor oil
Emergency road kits should have a permanent spot in your vehicle. You may have to change the water in the gallon(s) every week just ensure some gallons of water are in your vehicle. The same thing goes for other consumables like snacks. They have to be replaced when their expiration dates are close. You put these items in a box – nothing fancy – and strap it securely in the trunk or anywhere with enough space.
If you don’t have time to assemble these items, you can simply purchase an emergency road kit from a retail or an online store. Although they are complete in their contents, you may have to add to the kit, depending on what you feel is necessary.