No one wants to get into an automobile accident, but being prepared can make the situation a bit easier to handle. Here’s what you should always carry in your car so you’re ready in the event of a collision.
Keeping contact information for key individuals stored in your phone will make it easier to reach the people who can assist you in the aftermath of an accident. The office and mobile numbers of your insurance agent, roadside assistance provider, repair shop, and an injury attorney should be at the top of your contact list. One savvy tip is to place an “AAA” before these names when saving them on your phone so they’re always at the top when you open your contact list. Beyond those contacts, be sure to have the numbers of a few close friends or relatives who can come pick you up if your car has to be towed.
Of course, you should always be driving with your license, registration, and insurance documentation. It can be helpful to have photos of all these items on your phone, in case your glovebox is inaccessible following the collision. It’s also a good idea to have a checklist for recording the details of what occurred before, during, and after the accident. Check with your insurance company or an online resource for fillable forms that will prompt you to collect information at the scene that will be critical later.
Smart drivers travel with basic supplies to attend to injuries and to keep everyone safe following an accident. A first aid kit is a must, whether you assemble necessities yourself or buy a premade box. Bottled water may also come in handy, as can energy bars or other non-perishable foods that help keep you comfortable if you’re delayed at the crash site.
The best-prepared car owners will also carry extras that may prove invaluable. Having a fire extinguisher and a tool for breaking glass available may be invaluable if you need to take immediate action in a dire situation, while road flares, flags, and reflective cones will help keep you and other drivers safe from passing traffic.
By planning ahead and having important contact numbers, key documents, and critical safety items in your vehicle at all times, you can make the bad situation of being in an accident less troublesome to deal with. Be proactive and get yourself collision-ready today.