Whether it’s a long commute to work each day or you’re out and about all day going to different jobs. The unexpected is always possible. It could be suddenly running out of fuel, your satnav losing connection or shock weather conditions. There’s nothing better than being prepared for any situation you may face when you’re out on the road. It’s especially important for tradespeople whose vans are essentially their offices. Transporting their tools and getting them to clients all over the area. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of items you should keep in your vehicle to help you be prepared and stay safe on the road.
Running out of fuel always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. It’s a good idea to keep an empty fuel can in your vehicle so if ever you do run out of fuel on the road, you have a solution. Just head to a petrol station, fill it up and fill up your vehicle.
Your battery can go flat at any time, so make sure you have a set of jump leads to hand. And hopefully, someone is around to help start your engine from their vehicle.
First Aid Kit
You never know quite when you’re going to need a first aid kit so it’s always a good idea to keep one in the back of your vehicle.
Though your phone should definitely not distract you while driving, it’s good to have it on hand when necessary. Remember to pull over to a safe place and park up before reaching for your mobile though.
The weather can be unpredictable so you never know what the weather will be like one day to the next. Ice scrapers are incredibly handy and save you the hassle of waiting for any ice to melt away.
If you’re ever broken down on the side of the road, it’s important that other drivers can see you clearly. This is especially true in darker conditions so wearing a high-vis jacket will help you be seen.
A reflective triangle might not be the first thing you think of when thinking of items you should keep in your vehicle, but it’s an important one. It’s important you make your car’s presence known, as well as your own, if ever you break down.
Whilst satnavs are a more efficient way of getting directions to unfamiliar places, at times they aren’t the most reliable option. If the battery dies or it’s taking you the wrong way, you’ll need another option and that’s where a trusty old Atlas can help.