towing service Annandale VA     As you joyfully drive around town in your car, or travel to your next holiday destination in your automobile, chances are that you will be able to get around safely and securely. However, if you want to be prepared for the unexpected, you may want to have a few emergency supplies stored in your car; just in case. There are several items that tow truck drivers recommend to drivers for an emergency car kit. Below, you will find a list of ideas that may spark your interest, or you may think of some other items that could come in handy, should you ever have unexpected car trouble.

-Cell phone: Many people around the U.S. carry cell phones with them at all times. Although it is the best practice to avoid using your phone while you are driving, it can be a very valuable resource if your car breaks down or has some type of problematic issue.

-First-Aid kit: If you haven’t thought of this item before, it can be a very good idea to store a small first aid kit in your vehicle. A few Band-Aids, some cut and burn ointment, a bandage wrap, and any other helpful items that you may need one day, is nice to have easily accessible.Roadside Assistance Annandale VA

-Flashlight and/or warning lights: If you have ever experienced car trouble in the dark, then you know that it can be difficult to see, or to be seen, when the sun has set. Ensure that your batteries are in working order and that you know how to use the lights prior to storing them in your vehicle.

-Jack and lug wrench: Most cars have a jack and lug wrench in them, but it is a wise idea for you to know where they are located in your car, and for you to know how to use them. If you are unfamiliar with how to change a car tire, then you can refer to the car’s manual, look for how-to videos online, or contact a tow truck company to come assist you with your tire trouble.

-Portable air compressor or foam tire sealant: For a quick fix on a low or flat tire, a portable air compressor can be a very handy piece of equipment. Many portable compressors are DC-powered, which allows you to use the car’s cigarette lighter to power the air compressor. A foam tire sealant can also be used to plug up unwanted tire holes, but you may have to replace the whole tire if you choose to go this route. Sometimes the sticky residue that is left from the foam sealant cannot be removed easily, so a tire replacement may be warranted.

-Rags, paper towels, gloves, hand cleaner: When you are working with a car to determine what is wrong with it, your hands can become quite filthy, very quickly. You may want to store a few items that you can simply clean-up with, and avoid getting dirt and oil on your clothes, too.

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