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A smart car is a well equipped car

Written By: Mark D.

Written By: Mark D.

Master Licensed Technician with Over 25 Years of Experience

Driving on Ontario roads especially in the City of Toronto would require a few essentials to keep on hand in your car in case of need or in the event of an emergency. A full repair garage like Level Auto can help you with a list of items to keep in the trunk of your vehicle. Together the objective is to always be prepared. It’s important to keep the items dry and in a container that is organized and ready when needed. Having a kit is essential and can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Also an item for surveillance can keep you safe and also help you in the event of uncertainty. A camera can make everything that took place crystal clear to the authorities. Having the right items available can help you or someone on the road and protect you even from false lawsuits.

A cell phone

Almost every teenager and adult now carries a cell phone. It is so important to have a way to communicate when in your vehicle. From calling a tow truck to calling for emergency help. It is a life line that is so important in case of an emergency. Also you can view applications such as waze that give you road maps and live road and emergency closures. Also lets you know about debris, accidents, police, and other useful information that could be up ahead. Also good in the event of an accident to take pictures of the scene and damage.

Jump start

A jump start booster can get you out of an accidental light left on in the car all night that has drained the battery. These cool little devices have lithium batteries that pack quite the punch. Don’t let its little size fool you. It can boost even the most heavy duty engines multiple times, and still retain a charge. It is recommended to keep this in your vehicle and check the charge once a month.

First aid kit

Having a first aid kid in your vehicle should be common sense. In the event of a road emergency it could be priceless. Giving you access to life saving items. Purchasing a first aid kit is very cost efficient nowadays. It is also a good idea to take a first aid course. This will help you provide first aid to persons in need of assistance.

Dash Cam

This little device is worth its weight in gold. By installing this device to your vehicle it can record all events that are happening outside your vehicle. Some customers even install two cameras to their vehicle. One in the front and one in the back. This can be so useful in the event of an accident to determine who is at fault. Police officers will take the video footage as factual information and indisputable evidence over a person’s word. The camera doesn’t lie. A small investment can even alert you to activity when the car is parked or events that are taking place around your vehicle.

Emergency kit

In the event that you get stranded, it is always a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand. In Toronto, Ontario the temperatures in the winter get really cold. A blanket, flares, flashlight, candle, thermal sheet, a snow shovel, etc are very important. These are just a few items that make up an emergency kit. You can even buy them as a kit and most retailers sell them with everything you could possibly require. Most kits also have a tire repair kit. It is a good idea to research how to do a tire repair in case of an emergency. Make sure you also have a little compressor to fill the tire with air.

It is always a good idea to sign up for services such as CAA that could be invaluable at a time of breakdown. A tow package usually costs around $200 for a year. Which covers you if your car runs out of gas, needs a tow, key lock out and much more. It will also give you multiple towes. Remember a tow usually costs anywhere from $200- $500. So, it’s a good idea to sign up for a tow package. It gives you an added peace of mind. It will also save you money and not put you at the mercy of random tow truck companies.

Tool kit

Having a basic tool kit onboard your vehicle is important. A basic tool kit would assist you when hand power just won’t cut it. Tools can help you do the basics of tasks. You can buy tool sets from your local hardware store. To save money on the kits when they come on sale, you can save up to 70% of the original price if you can wait for the right time to buy. Having these kits in the car will allow you to do small maintenance items needed in case the need arises. A set of sockets, a few screwdrivers and misc items is all you need to be equipped if a situation arises.

Fire extinguisher

One of the most important devices that a car can have. Should be almost a safety item included with every car. In the event of a fire this device could save the day. A special fire extinguisher type is needed for cars. A type BC or ABC would be perfect to keep in your vehicle. Have these extinguishers checked and certified from time to time to ensure reliability.

In conclusion it is always good to keep all these items in a spill proof container. Make sure to keep everything organized and ready to use in the event of an emergency. Having these items will not only make you more confident on the road, it keeps you better prepared for whatever may arise. Keeping some extra fluids in your vehicle might also be a good idea. A spare bottle of windshield washer fluid always comes in handy. Using hands free devices and keeping your eyes on the road is a smart way to avoid an accident. The most important part is to have a safe drive everytime you decide to get in the car with your family. Not being prepared puts you in a vulnerable situation. Take the time to put together the kit, it is never too late.


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