At South Motors Honda, your go-to Honda dealership in Miami, FL our motto “Be Smart. Drive South.” is particularly important to us because we always want you to be smart and safe on the road. However, accidents are unpredictable, and in the moment when you find yourself pulled over on the side of the road, having a prepared roadside safety kit could be everything you need.
Building Your Roadside Safety Kit
Below is the South Motors Honda checklist of the top 10 items to keep in your roadside safety kit. We recommend having each of these items in your car so that no matter what the conditions are, you are always prepared. Having something as simple as a flashlight or duct tape could make all the difference, and creating your roadside safety kit is an easy task. Here are the top 10 items you should start with:
We’ve all heard the classic story (or maybe received the phone call to help a friend out) when all of a sudden the car battery dies. In this situation, the first thing to do is to jump start the car, and of course, to do this you need one essential item: the jumper cables. Although you may never use them, investing in quality jumper cables is a smart investment and is an absolute essential item to have in your roadside safety kit.
If wallets and dresses can be made purely out of duct tape, we know that it is not only versatile, but also strong, and duct tape could be your secret weapon to help fix your car when you need it. Should your side mirror fall off or your window get shattered, if you have duct tape packed in your roadside safety kit then you will be okay.
A little bit of creativity and a roll of duct tape can be used in many ways such as securing a hole in a window or supporting a broken side mirror, so trust us at South Motors Honda when we say duct tape is another essential item to include in your roadside safety kit.
Water Bottles & Extra Food:
At South Motors Honda, we highly recommend to buy a value pack of water bottles and throw it in your trunk because you never know when you will need it. Whether you forget to pack a water bottle on a day trip or need water in case of an emergency, having some extra water bottles on hand can’t hurt.
To accompany water bottles, purchase some extra snacks to have as back-up such as granola bars or trail mix. If you are ever in an emergency situation where you could be waiting for a while, it is good to have some food with you.
First Aid Kit:
At the top of the list for safety supplies is the all-inclusive handy dandy first-aid kit. Buying or creating your own first aid kit with the necessary supplies is a small task for the practicality and benefit it could have for you. From having bandages to Band-Aids ready to go, it is always better to be prepared and you never know when a first aid kit could come in handy for yourself and others.
Although most phones can operate as flashlights too, if your phone dies and your car breaks down at night… what do you do? At South Motors Honda, we highly suggest still carrying a flashlight with you at all times.
Whether it is a small compact keychain flashlight or a heavy duty flashlight, make sure to have one to keep in the back of your car. The utility flashlights bring in emergency situations is incredible, and even if your phone still has battery, nothing drains it more than having your flashlight function on for an extended period of time.
Having reflective triangles in your roadside safety kit is a smart investment to help prevent any accidents if you need to pull to the side of the road. Reflective triangles allow other drivers to easily see your car, and they work better than flares because the reflective triangles don’t wear out after a certain amount of time.
As we hope you will never have to use the reflective triangles, in a circumstance where you are already stressed out and worried, they could give you peace of mind knowing that your car is more visible to other drivers reducing the chance of anybody hitting it.
We guarantee you have an extra blanket lying around the house that you could spare to keep in your car and you will be surprised how much you would use it! The main reason you should have a blanket as part of your roadside emergency kit is to keep warm in case of an emergency. No one wants to be stuck in the freezing cold, and having a blanket on hand would fix this problem.
The next time you go to the bank, take a little bit of extra money out to put away and to keep in your car. Who knows when you could use a little bit of extra money as you’re driving from destination to destination, but it will for sure come in handy at some point. It might even be just the thing to brighten a long day when you realize you have some extra cash to get a candy bar at the gas station. Whatever you use it for, having some extra change is a smart item to include in your roadside safety kit.
Nothing is worse than trying every little thing you have to use as a makeshift “scraper” for when it gets colder than you expected and your windshield is covered with ice. This is why having an ice scraper in your roadside safety kit is such a useful tool. Your windshield is covered in ice? No big deal! With an ice scraper you are prepared and can easily move along with your day.
Tire Inflator & Sealer:
Popping a tire can happen more than you expect, and if it happens to you we want you to be prepared. This is why we recommend putting a tire inflater and sealer as an item in your roadside safety kit. It can seal the hole and last you long enough to get to an auto repair shop. It is a quick and short-term fix for when a flat tire surprises you, and at South Motors Honda we always want you to be prepared.
South Motors Honda Always Puts Safety First
At South Motors Honda, we hope that our roadside safety kit checklist is helpful and a good reminder that you can never be too safe on the roads. Stop by South Motors Honda today and browse our latest inventory of our new, used, and certified vehicles.
Every Honda vehicle has the implemented Honda Safety Technology features available to provide extra safety in case of emergencies, so take a test drive in your Honda of choice to experience the Honda Safety Technology. Currently, we are offering incredible offers on the new 2016 Honda CR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey that you do not want to miss out on!
We look forward to seeing you at our dealership located at 16165 South Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33157. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at (855) 871-9400. We hope you see the importance in having a roadside safety kit so for the next un-predicted accident, you can Be Smart. Drive South. knowing you are prepared.