Our Wisconsin forecast is full of unpredictable highs, lows, thunderstorms, snow storms, hail, and everything in between: all times when you don’t want to be unprepared and stranded on the side of the road. While you can’t always help being stranded, you can pack a kit with all the necessities you need next time your vehicle is broken down in the middle of nowhere.
Roadside assistance card or tow truck phone number
You don’t always know if you’re going to have decent coverage to look up tow truck numbers and websites when you’re stranded, so plan ahead. Program numbers for roadside assistance or a tow truck company into your cell phone. In addition, carry your roadside assistance card or your tow truck number card in your purse or wallet, and put a spare copy in your emergency kit.
Your flashlight doesn’t have to be very large, but it does need to be bright so you can use it when you need it the most. Periodically check the flashlight’s batteries so the flashlight is ready to be used when you need it most.
A think blanket can be helpful during the summer or winter. If you don’t have a lot of room in your vehicle for the blanket, fold it tightly to keep it a compact size.
Jack and lug wrench
Most likely, you can find a jack and lug wrench with your spare tire; however, some newer compact cars do not always include a jack and lug wrench. Make sure you know how to use it; a jack and lug wrench won’t do you any good if you don’t know what to do. If you do have to put your spare on, make sure you contact your mechanic ASAP to get your tire fixed or get a new tire mounted.
Extreme winter and summer temperatures can do a number on our car batteries (as well as an occasional light left on), so make sure you have a set of jumper cables for when your car won’t start. To keep from getting stranded from a dying battery, watch for signs of a battery that’s not going to make it.
Ever tried to shovel out your car with soaking wet shoes on? Not pleasant. Pack an old, waterproof pair of boots that you can use in case you need to slop through the mud or snow.
A small shovel can be helpful during the winter or summer. If you don’t have a lot of room for storage, purchase a foldable shovel that can be stored easily.
First aid kit
A first aid kit can come in handy when you’re stranded, headed out to the park, or for any time you’re on the go. Make sure you refill your first aid kit after you use any bandages or other supplies.