Now that the weather is finally warming up, you can start planning your road trips. In most cases, your travels will not involve any emergency situations. However, in the chance that emergency does occur, you want to make sure that you're prepared. Here are some tips that will help keep you safe in the event of an emergency.

Carry a Fully-Stocked Emergency Kit

If your warm-weather plans involve any type of road trip, you need to make sure that your car is equipped with a fully-stocked emergency kit. It's not enough to carry just the basics such as a spare tire and jack. If you're going to be taking a road trip, you need to have supplies on hand for an emergency. Your kit should include the following items:

  • Functioning jumper cables

  • Portable air compressor

  • First aid kit

  • Emergency food and water

  • Blankets

These items will ensure that you're prepared for any emergency that comes your way while you're on the road.

Don't Leave Your Car in the Road

Whether your car breaks down, or your involved in an accident, don't leave your car in the road. You want to get as far out of the lanes of traffic as you possibly can. That way, you reduce your risk of causing an accident. As soon as you realize that you have a problem with your car, activate your hazard lights. That way, passing motorists know to slow down. This is particularly important if you haven't been able to get your car off the road.

Call for Assistance Immediately

If you have a roadside assistance policy, you want to call for assistance immediately. The quicker you make the call for assistance, the sooner you can get the help you need. Be sure to provide them with as many details about your location as possible, especially if you're out on the highway. If you don't have a roadside assistance policy, call 9-11 for assistance. Let them know that you're facing emergency car troubles.

Don't Leave Your Car

When you're faced with car problems, the first thing you might want to do is get out to asses the damage. However, that's the last thing you want to do. Instead, you want to remain in your car until the help that you've called for as arrived. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, it protects you from getting hit by passing motorists. Second, it protects you from anyone who may wish to do you harm.