Spring is here and full blown in CT. Yesterday it was in the 80’s. Don’t want to be one to complain of beautiful weather. But to me it’s ridiculous. Just the day before I woke up and it was in the 30’s in the morning. I had to turn the heat on … just for a few minutes to get the chill out of the house and get it from 56 to 62 degrees. Then as the day progressed, I opened windows and doors and enjoyed a beautiful “spring” day. To only have it be in the 80’s yesterday … ugh! This is wrong on all accounts.
Then about 8 pm, the wind got so bizarre that I went outside to make sure there were no funnels. Felt strange, eerie … almost like a tornado was brewing. Fortunately, it wasn’t. But the wind blew the rain in so fast we couldn’t close the windows in the house fast enough. At that point, I relented and turned on the central air. My son was suffering from allergies and now the house was stuffy. So to get a good night sleep, I gave in and turned on the air. I had a great night sleep but to go from heat one day to A/C the next is not my kind of seasonal transition. I would like it to stay at a nice spring temperature and when it’s summer get hot!!! But I’m not in control of the weather.
With all that being said, we are in the spring season and before you know it, summer will be upon us. The exciting thing about summer is vacations, traveling and day trips. To have your travel time (whether its for a day trip or a full vacation) be safe, efficient and prepared, here are some organizing tips for your automobile. Of course, depending on the season you are in and the climate in which you live in will depend on the organization of your automobile. If it was winter and you lived in a climate of snow, these tips would be a little different. Actually, there would be more items on the list. But for this Blog, we are focusing on summer and warm weather traveling.
So what are some of those items to have in your vehicle?
- Cell Phone Charger – This should be in your vehicle at all times but especially when you are traveling. If you use your Smartphone as a GPS, you will loss charge much faster.
- First-Aid Kit – Some of the items that should be in this kit are: Band-Aids, gauze pads, medical adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, and antiseptic cream. Something along this line would be good. First Aid Kit
- Fire Extinguisher – According to the National Fire Protection Association (or NFPA) the extinguisher should be for either Class B or Class C fires. A Class B fire is one that involves flammable or combustible liquids like gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene. Class C fires are from energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes or batteries.
- Reflective Warning Triangles – Usually prepackaged emergency kits only have one. Having 3 that you set about 50 feet apart will make you breakdown safer. Reflective Warning Trianges
- Tire gauge – Having one of these in your automobile at all times is wise. But during travel time it will be all the wiser. You should check your tire pressure before starting on the trip and then periodically as you are traveling; especially if there is significant temperature changes. Also, be sure your spare tire has the correct amount of air in it. Nothing worse that having a flat and finding out then, that your spare does not have enough air in it or that it is no good. The tire gauge could be simple or a little more entailed like this one Tire Gauge
- Foam Tire Sealant – This is a quick way to repair a flat without having to change the tire. Of course, it will determine the extent of the flat and if you have the ability to put air back in the tire. Foam Tire Sealant
- Jumper Cables – They should be at least 10 feet long and have a coating of at least 8-gauge rubber. Sometimes cables aren’t strong enough to transfer the charge. This I know … I’m speaking from experience. Getting good jumper cables is important. Jumper Cables
- Flashlight and extra batteries – It would be good for the flashlight to be waterproof. You’d hate to need it in the dark on a stormy/rainy night. Jumper Cables
- Rags – Good to have something to wipe your hands or something in your automobile
- Duct Tape – All around “fix-it” tape. Always good to have.
- Tow Strap or Tow Rope – Should be strong enough to tow about 6,000 pounds Tow Rope
- Multipurpose Utility Tool – A few examples are Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman. Handy to have for a number of reasons that don’t really need to be explained. Multi-Purpose Tool
- Rain Poncho – This would be greatly appreciated if you were under the hood or changing a tire in the pouring rain. Rain Pancho
- Extra Water and Snacks – Be sure not to leave the water (in plastic bottles) in your automobile. Just have it for the travel time and take it out when you stop for the night. If the car gets over heated, the plastic from the bottle is leaching into your water and making it unhealthy.
If you want to make it easy by purchasing an Emergency Kit already filled, check out this All-In-One Emergency Kit. Comes pretty chock full. All-In-One Emergency Kit
One last tip as you prepare for your travels. The nice thing about this tip is it applies to not only your vacation travel time but also your everyday use of your automobile.
At the end of each travel time
(whether it is your daily use or your vacation time),
CLEAN the automobile out completely.
DO NOT leave anything in the vehicle that does not belong
there. Remove all items pertaining to that trip.
Well I hope you find this helpful and I hope you have a safe and wonderful summer with fun travel times!
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